Music / Pop / Denmark

The pulsating R&B beats on Drew Sycamore’s debut album go straight to the diaphragm, where butterflies can be followed by rage. Brutal bears that name for a reason: The Danish-Welsh singer goes off on ex-lovers, but also examines the struggle to protect one’s self-image from the opinions of others. Drew Sycamore’s artistic soul-searching has only just begun, but as a person and a musician, she already cherishes the pain of being alive as an essential driver of change; that much is clear from her lyrics. Lessons from her journey are poured into fragile melancholy, but also into powerful pop songs full of infectious hope. After every fall comes the time to get up, dust ourselves off and keep going, after all.