To many indie rock fans, Sadie Dupuis’ voice is instantly recognizable as the jagged blade that cuts through Speedy Ortiz’s thickets of noise. But now she’s applying that same voice to her solo pop project Sad13, and her debut album under that name, Slugger, is arriving next month. We’ve heard the consent-pop lead single “Get A Yes” and the Speedy Ortiz-esque “Less Than 2,” and now she’s shared another new track. “Devil In U” pairs her knotty guitar and twisted sense of melody with some idiosyncratic electro-burbles, and this is what Dupuis herself has to say about it:
It’s about constraining your life to avoid conflict in the face of emotional abuse. You cut yourself off from your support systems and passions to prevent and assuage your partner’s irrational reactions; you force yourself to fit another person’s definition of “angelic” so as not to provoke their “devilish” side. But no devil is worth your care if they don’t love and support you for who you are. And if the “Devil In U” causes you to hurt someone you supposedly love, maybe you’re just the devil, period.
Slugger is out 11/11 via Carpark. Pre-order it here.