songs: "Picard" & "Glasses" - Cry Babe
The first two single offerings from Cry Babe are an experiment in clashing sound ideals that somehow perfectly piece together. "Picard" begins with slow, deliberate noise; pattering percussion, swirling, fuzz-soaked guitar and a serene constant in the twinkling of an omnichord. The dichotomy is striking, with harsh guitar meeting dreamy keys, and the distinct, strong vocals of Anaïs. The track fit the "dream pop" tag it carries, but it's also fearsome and biting, incorporating unruly instrumentals alongside plush ones for an enrapturing ride from beginning to end.
Meanwhile, single "Glasses" begins just as understated with the unique, guttural vocals of Anaïs riding on furious strings and forward percussion. Anaïs tiptoes carefully through the noise, as bandmates Maddie and Rose provide a walloping of blissed out fuzz for it all to come crashing into. Cry Babe is dream pop, sure, but it also has the edge, attitude and raucous noise often required of punk. It's one of those musical moments you have to experience for yourself.