Unapologetic pop music with a tween twist of high-pitched poetry about a chaotic and draining relationship, Charly Bliss have awoken from their radio silence to release a cathartic, grown-up, lionhearted pop record. With the release of Young Enough via Barsuk Records on May 10, 2019, Charly Bliss have evolved from their small fish persona (ie: Guppy) to a fully-fledged, modern, new wave band with pop and indie prowess.
Singer Eva Hendricks said, “I don’t know why it’s easiest for me to frame the darkest lyrics in the context of upbeat songs,” but it works so well on Young Enough. The gritty sense of the heavy pen Hendricks wields shines through this album with enough shimmering instrumentation to make this a revenge record with a smile. Meshing together the “two best emotional releases” that are “crying and dancing,” Charly Bliss stand confident as ever on Young Enough.
Kicking the album off with “Blown To Bits,” the band bring in synth elements, while lyrically, the track is full of harmony and catchy hooks. Capturing the uncertainty of being in your 20s, Hendricks pens the line, “I don’t know what’s coming for me after 24,” which builds into the next few tracks.
The lofty dreams of wanting to be good at everything, doing right by everyone, and other millennial woes build their character in the synthesizer and keyboard on “Capacity” and “Camera.” Lyrics like “I’m always overflowing, if you think it’s bad today, just wait” bare the load many 20-somethings can relate to on a cosmic level.
The catalyst on the record is definitely “Fighting In The Dark,” which bleeds into “Young Enough” and breathes light into the album. A mid-tempo track with conviction and emotion, in Hendricks’ words, “nobody knows you, the weight of your trust/how I crushed and consumed you and loved you too much,” shows how there is poetic solace in things and people whom we’ve loved unapologetically.
If there is one thing for certain, it’s that we all known the weight of heartbreak and its lingering voice in everything we do. Luckily, with Young Enough, Charly Bliss have weaved this voice of contention into poppy art. Tracks like “Chat Rooms” and “Bleach” thrive on the dance vibe of emo pop like it’s the apocalypse, and this is all we have left.
Maybe it is. With the last few tracks titled “Hurt Me” and “The Truth,” Charly Bliss have given us something to smile about through the pain during the end of days. Happy or sad (or both), let’s sing along to “Hard To Believe” with the line “alive, but I’m dead inside” until we collapse from dance crying.