The 18-year-old pop songwriter’s debut sums up her confidence and conviction…

At just 13, Chloe Moriondo started her expedition into the world of music by posting covers on Soundcloud and YouTube. Shortly before her 16th birthday she shared a completely D.I.Y, lo-fi album ‘Rabbit Hearted’ gaining her much deserved attention and a deal with Fueled by Ramen. Now the young Michigan native has evolved once more, sharing her major label debut album ‘Blood Bunny’.

A 13 track insight to rhythmic complexity, ‘Blood Bunny’ explores themes of lust, revenge, and self-doubt. Moriondo leaves space for her audience to become protagonists into her horror inspired tune ‘I Eat Boys’. Following that is ‘Manta Rays’ allowing you to step out of time into a pop world dreamscape. ‘GIRL ON TV’ displays carefully thought-out lyrics like “maybe I was born with something wrong with me / Made without a heart and social skills” expressing a starkly honest emotional vulnerability.

Incredibly versatile Chloe slows the album down with ‘Slacker’ which is kept warm by the echoing of drums, softly strummed guitar and her beautiful melodic voice. It is unmistakable that this album has been crafted with the consideration of Chloe Moriondo’s distinctive humour making the album an exceedingly fun listen.

Despite living through the trials and tribulations of a pandemic the teen star has managed to collaborate with big name producers/co-writers. From the likes of David Pramik (Oliver Tree, Selena Gomez), to Keith Varon (Machine Gun Kelly, Zara Larsson) and Jake Aron (Snail Mail, Yumi Zouma), it’s all tied together by her measured approach. A 13 track evocative portrait of emotional exuberance, ‘Blood Bunny’ is her true point of departure.

7/10

Words: Caitlin Sibthorpe

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