Natural Born Losers
Label: Eerie Organization
The first signatory to Grimes' Eerie Organization cooperative, Nicole Dollanganger refines the dark, angular melodies and porcelain croon of four previous self-released albums. The easiest comparison -- particularly on the glacial, key-driven "Mean" and worshipful "You're So Cool" -- is Lana Del Rey because of the songs’ languid purrs about desperate love and sad glamour. But a closer comparison might be pricklier, DIY-er EMA with the plucked guitar of "White Trashing" or the ambient, noisy glaze of "Alligator Blood," which are intimate and abrasive and lyrically lurch into gore.