“me & My Dog” By Boygenius Review
In their solo music, Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker, and Phoebe Bridgers each magnify emotional struggles with gut-wrenching intensity. But in their newly-formed supergroup, boygenius, they prove that being in your feelings doesn’t have to mean being alone. There’s a generosity to the way each artist bends their style in collaboration; though they take turns steering the ship on their self-titled EP, they share space on every song, helping bolster each others’ sounds while broadening the scope of their own.
“Me & My Dog,” one of the EP’s lead singles, is anchored by Bridgers, and it combines the echo-shrouded textures of her folk music with an acoustic guitar fade-in that brings to mind an early 2000s emo ballad. She recalls the heady rush and all-night make-out sessions that come with dating someone new, but any nostalgic sweetness is curdled with hints of self-doubt, and, perhaps, an uncomfortable power imbalance—a previous theme in Bridgers’ music. “You make me cool,” she sings alone. “But sometimes I still do something embarrassing.” Then, the song pivots into punchier guitars, as her bandmates rally around: “I never said I’d be alright,” the trio belts in unison. Their vocals play off each other so naturally—Bridgers’ pillowy voice is balanced by Dacus’ steady tone and Baker’s yearning delivery— it feels like you’re eavesdropping on a group confessional. While it’s left unclear whether the dog of the song’s title is a real canine or a pejorative for a no-good ex, the song’s jolting coup de grâce—“I wake up falling” they intone together—ends things on a powerful note. And no matter what the future may bring, it’s clear that Dacus, Bridgers, and Baker have each others’ backs.