words: Nicolette Natale
Wordsmith and wit-master Sadie Dupuis does not disappoint on Speedy Ortiz’s new single, “Lucky 88.” Borrowing synth-pop techniques from her solo project Sad13, the track opens by inverting cliches, with Dupuis asserting she purposefully “make[s] a frown” to turn into a smile. It’s a sneer at patronizing, although potentially good-intentioned, advice anyone may have received to “turn their frown upside down,” and shifts attention onto the speaker and her power. The speaker of “Lucky 88” is not here for your cliches or advice, and will jeer at them, mockingly proclaiming “I once was lost, but I’m now I’m floundered.” This is one for you to get lost in.
The single is the first from the band's upcoming new album Twerp Verse out 4/27.