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Nialler9 Podcast: boygenius & the sad girl trope

Nialler9 Podcast: boygenius & the sad girl trope


Episode 208 is a dive into the world of boygenius and their debut album the record.

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus came together as boygenius in 2018 with a debut EP on Matador. The EP combined their collective tones of tones of country, melodic folk, indie and singer-songwriter strands together, before they all went off to make another solo record – Phoebe Bridgers made Punisher (2020), Lucy Dacus made Home Video (2021) and Julien Baker put out Little Oblivions (2021).

A week after Punisher came out, Phoebe sent Lucy and Julien a demo of “Emily I’m Sorry” and asked if they could be a band again. Julien made a Google Drive folder called “dare I say it?”, and everyone flooded it with potential songs. 

It lead to a debut album recorded in January 2022, which was released last week. We review the record and discuss the songwriter’s collective cohesion and style together and apart, how their bond of the trio is integral to the band, whether it gels for us and if this is a great record, as many reviews have said.

We also look at the “sad girl” trope often attached to this kind of female-lead music, and ask AI to write us a Phoebe Bridgers song.

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