Release Date: Jun 28, 2019
Record label: BunHead
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop
On her hook-packed debut, a complex album that's boastful but never one-note, the German singer-songwriter already sounds like a legit pop star There’s no faulting Kim Petras’s (blonde) ambition. “I wanna feel like Madonna,” she declares on the title track of this de facto debut album. By the end of the 12-track release, which the German singer-songwriter is calling a “project”, she comes off more like a sex-positive, millennial update of Paris Hilton.
Kim Petras isn't a revolutionary. Unlike her collaborators Charli XCX and SOPHIE, she doesn't want to push pop into the future or dismantle it and play with the parts; instead, she takes the genre as it's being expressed this very moment and renders it brighter, bolder, and more aggressive. If heavy hitters like Ariana Grande and Halsey are making fruit juice, she's a tier below, churning out frozen concentrate: similar taste, but in an undiluted, hyper-dense package.
G erman singer Kim Petras has been dropping songs steadily all year, piercing the attention economy with addictively crafted bubblegum pop. Seven of those tracks appear on her new project, Clarity, and while none have yet found mainstream notoriety, they echo the Top 40 of the early 2000s: the shimmery retro bop Sweet Spot, bass-heavy Meet the Parents and the deliciously tragic emo-pop of All I Do is Cry. Having studied at the schools of Britney and Christina, Petras sounds like a superstar from a parallel universe.