Since Devi McCallion released the last Girls Rituals album, Im Desperate, two years ago, she’s put out three albums with Black Dresses — most recently Peaceful As Hell just last month — and one with Katie Day. Yesterday, on her 29th birthday, she released a new Girls Rituals called Crap Shit, which she says is supposed to serve as sequel to her 2015 album Reddishness.
“I’m not trying to be cynical but I always have written these songs from where my experience and feelings come from,” McCallion wrote in a statement on her Bandcamp page. “My feelings in the world has changed in many complicated and unexpected ways. But it’s not all bad… Not all ALL bad…In many ways, I got lucky.”
There’s 11 new songs on Crap Shit, all rubbery and nervy and confrontational, spilling over with hooks. McCallion is great at pairing disparate emotions, packaging messy and ugly feelings over beats that sound as light as air. “I think sometimes it hurts to feel empty/ I think I’d do something weird to get the feeling inside,” McCallion sings on a song called “I Just Wanna Make The Whole Earth Smile. “I thought I’d just die if someone touched me/ I think sometimes I’d just prefer to die.”
There’s a flip on Far East Movement’s 2010 hit “Like A G6″ on which McCallion mumbles about gatekeeping and tiresome art. On “Ketchup,” she adopts a nasally tone to sing about casual violence with a high-fructose : “I’ve been to LA and NYC but there was nothing there but cops/ And everybody died while everybody watched.” As with everything McCallion has released over the last couple years, Crap Shit strikes an invigorating balance of aggression and tenderness.
Check it out below.
Here’s McCallion’s full statement on the album:
5 years ago I wrote a desperate, pleading album trying to prove myself as “a real artist”. Wishing to have a real home, wishing for safety and healing between suffering peoples, about understanding kind love between women.
That album was called “Reddishness” and you can find it here
Now on my 29th birthday I am bringing to you the sequel to “Reddishness”. A mutated, DNA-liquefying sequel. An album trying to prove that I’m not a real artist, abandoning a sense routine, terrified psychotic paranoid misunderstanding and manic repulsive lust. lol.
I’m not trying to be cynical but I always have written these songs from where my experience and feelings come from. My feelings in the world has changed in many complicated and unexpected ways. But it’s not all bad… Not all ALL bad…In many ways, I got lucky.
I don’t know. These songs existed and I had to purge them. It makes sense to purge them all together here as “Crap shit”
Crap Shit is out now.