bloodboy

Best of Bloodboy spends its six tracks straddling lines. A good portion of it seems to be a tightrope walk between a dichotomy of struggle – the will to break free, the complacency of what is supposed to be safety. Of course, there’s also the sonic balance of power between power indie pop and alternative rock. Though the lines may blur and a finality is never clearly approached, it’s clear that Lexie Papillion, as Bloodboy, has officially arrived.

Album opener “Fuck Yourself” is a perfect introduction to the world the LA artist has built. It’s a strutting gleam that makes it impossible to not know the attitude that’s about to be displayed. Papillion has spent a lot of time putting up with the nonsense, and she’s losing time and starting to exhaust herself mentally. But there’s still a difficulty to express the words she desperately wants to. If circumstances were different, she would have been direct with the liberating two word phrase, but she just doesn’t have the energy.

It’s possible this resignation is being brought on by the emotional pendulum she swings by thanks to the musings of an intoxicated lover. “Drunk You” sees Papillion being told she’s beautiful, yet she shouldn’t pursue her dreams. Her lover says it’s time to leave town, but the subject seems more concerned with living as a cliché than actually taking action as the hollow doom from the production lingers. But then you’ve got a track like "Keep Your Disease," which takes on a whole new meaning after experiencing “Drunk You.”

Or maybe it’s the lover who is quick to anger and is, as she puts it, “fucked” on “Hey You.” Love can’t shake off the instability, so what’s a person to do? So unfolds the unfortunate story of being so worn out by a relationship that you don’t have the energy to give it the mercy kill when it’s time.

There’s no escaping the emotional tug-of-wars on display. While “Mom, I’ve Changed” sounds a bit like an 80s soundtrack, you get a glimpse into maternal tendencies. She’s worried for her daughter, and while Papillion understands the concern, she also needs her mother, a person with whom communication has gotten shaky, to just trust her. They’re still mother/daughter after all.

It’s really fitting then that “Human Female” serves as the closer for the EP. The complexity of the single is palpable. We could attempt to fathom the deeper meaning, but we don’t want to risk causing something getting lost in interpretation. We will surmise that you’re engaging in an allegory about how society and families attempt to dictate the behavior of younger women. This can only create withdrawn members of society who tend to repress rather than express. Again – not sure, but it’s a statement track to say the least.

While no conclusion is achieved, you also don't need or long for one. There's a lot more to come from Papillion/Bloodboy, so let's see how things play out for now. Best of Bloodboy is available now, and you can grab it on iTunes. Joey Smith