Ni­cole Dol­lan­ganger

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Heart Shaped Bed

Hav­ing built her brand on the

jux­ta­po­si­tion of an­gelic, ethe­real vo­cals and dark, twisted lyrics, Dol­lan­ganger’s sixth stu­dio al­bum, Heart Shaped Bed, is one of her best. Mov­ing swiftly from her lo-fi demos to cleaner pro­duc­tion, Dol­lan­ganger’s gen­teel in­stru­men­ta­tion com­ple­ments her song­writ­ing and voice. The 2016 sin­gle “Chapel” is re­fur­bished and pol­ished for rere­lease; this ver­sion isn’t as raw, but it flaunts her ta­lent as an in­stru­men­tal­ist. With thun­der­ing gui­tar and ear-pierc­ing kick drum, Dol­lan­ganger shifts her fo­cus from her vo­cals to pro­duc­tion, a theme through­out the record. You al­most don’t mind the dark na­ture of her song­writ­ing when it’s masked with her sweet playful tone. Heart Shaped Bed is invit­ing, like a quaint Vic­to­rian-style home in a hor­ror movie. At first glance it’s charm­ing, but when you dive into the de­tails you’re go­ing to find some­thing grim — and there’s a lot of beauty in that. (Crys­tal Math/Eerie Or­ga­ni­za­tion)

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