"Pardon my emotions," Clairo apologized on her 2019 debut Immunity, suppressing a pounding desire to shut off the TV and just kiss already, worried that her friend would be terribly inconvenienced by the news of her crush. The 22-year-old artist's world was one of discretion and uncertainty, small utterances and their shadow meanings, shy nudges toward people you want so badly to touch. (As she once told Rookie, "Getting close to someone is a really sensitive thing.") But on "Blouse," the hushed lead single of Clairo's second album, Sling, the little thrills of adolescence are gone.
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