Juno Award-winning artist and songwriter, Martina Sorbara, better known as her electro pop alter ego Dragonette, is finally back with her latest album, Twennies, after six long years. In the midst of becoming a first-time mom navigating the pandemic along with other recent collaborations, she returns to home base to deliver something heartfelt that is entirely her own.
In talking about the albums namesake, she says “The word ‘twennies’ comes up in a couple songs on the record and felt like a theme that was taking dominance. I think it has to do with a kind of reflection on this moment, right now, the 2020’s versus me in MY 20’s. What do I have left from that time in my life, what is still with me, and precious and valuable, and what have I lost or intentionally left behind. As for the colloquial spelling, I feel like it captures a sort of throw-away nature time, but at the same time an intimacy with the passage of time.”
With the release of the album’s title track (along with a dreamy music video), it’s easy to get a glimpse into the youthful shenanigans of being a twenty-something adult as she rides through a neighborhood on her bike with no hands on the handlebars. There’s a sweet sense of release and freedom that emanates from her physicality that perfectly complements the synth-heavy musical composition. As an indication of what the album has in store, signs point to something both intimate and danceable.
In the same vein as bands like M83 or Passion Pit mixed with the pop nuance of Taylor Swift, Dragonette shows off her knack for turning wild electronic noises into fascinating pop hooks and memorable melodies that are both haunting and dreamy. A welcome return to form for the electro-pop goddess.
Twennies is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. The music video for the title track is also available on YouTube. Find this and more on the Alchemical Records Multigenere Mixture playlist on YouTube and Spotify.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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