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Sounds x Review: Diana Hutch // Teen

Got this EP in from an elusive French boy at home making sick bedroom pop under the moniker of two dogs he had when he was younger “Diana” and “Hutch”. So, we already know that dog lovers are the best people on earth, so he’s already good in my book.

He sent over this new album Teen that frankly I can’t get enough of—and I’ve already sent it around to a few of my music-loving friends. Figured there’s no better time to share it with y’all, especially with Fourth of July coming up. Everyone will be at the beach, smoking pot, and drinking Modelos, and this is the perfect album for all of that.

“The album is about growing up and quitting being a naive young boy.” -Diana Hutch

‘Flamingos’ starts the album, and the intro gets me every. fucking. time. Back story, its a song about the south of France where he used to go every summer as a child.

‘Morning Pictures’ is a lot more upbeat and his vocals sound like morning sex. It has a lot of Strokes-influences in it, meets like a Beach House or Parcels, which gives a lot of layers and depth to the tune.

Then you get to ‘Pin’s and Trash’ (“Pin’s and trash were the english words added to the French Dictionnary in ‘89”), which has a lot of Parcels in it (although they’ve come out around the same time, one in France, the other in Australia, but it’s cool that the sounds are similar). This one is your quintessential indie electro track // bedroom pop track, with some GORGEOUS harmonies. I die.

“‘Young Boys’ is about a friend i lost because he has been a jerk with women.” – Diana Hutch

Admittedly, ‘Young Boys’ is my favorite track on the album. It’s dark and swoon-worthy, with a much more sombre tone. While everything to this point is upbeat and airy, this track (while still bedroom pop) addresses some heavy shit; and, you can tell. You feel it, and it’s gorgeous.

Finally, the EP ends with ‘I Love You Dustin’ so I had to ask … “Who is Dustin?”

“Dustin is about the movies I loved as a teen and the sad truth of growing up and find out that the people you love are actually monsters.” -Diana Hutch

I’ll just leave it at that (Dustin Hoffman you jackass). And that’s the trouble about growing up—your idols, and even your parents, end up being real fucking people. People that you may not even like. And that’s not an easy thing to experience. I experienced it about two years ago with my mom, and it’s hard. But that’s what makes growing up so powerful.

What I love about this album is that it has a very distinct message//idea throughout, with enough diversity (in lyrics and sound) that you don’t get bored. Plus, all of the vocals and instruments on the album are performed by Diana Hutch himself. It’s not Drake’s Scorpion where he waxes nostalgic over past loves, while saying the same thing over and over again, just with a different beat. I would almost go so far as to call it a concept EP (which to my earlier point, is hard to do without losing your audience along the way).

Everyone take a moment to listen to this gorgeous album and remember that who you once were, and the people you surrounded yourself with can change; you can change. Everything can bloody change. And that’s not only fine, it’s beautiful. It’s evolution.

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