Published Sep 06, 2018In response to the chaotic world, Rae Spoon accentuates hope on their ninth record, bodiesofwater. Spoon's album is a concept record of sorts that meditates on the similarities between how the government controls and commodifies waterways and bodies. Building from this, Spoon dives into topics like environmental protection, sexual assault, supporting survivors and self-care. Altogether, bodiesofwater is a powerfully pertinent recording.
Spoon started their career as a country and folk artist, but has shifted their sound to explore pop and electronic worlds. Co-produced by Laurie-Anne Torres (Folly & the Hunter, Land of Talk), bodiesofwater is a bright electro-pop rock record. The muddy sounds of "You Don't Do Anything" aside, the majority of Spoon's songs are punctuated by bouncy percussion, making each track feel playful, despite the often complexly desolate topics within. "Seascape" — a revivable place as characterized by Spoon — has a lively beat with an undercurrent of sparkling synths. The buoyant "Undertow" is peppered with glitchy synths that twinkle like the sunrise's reflection on water.
The G rated — thanks to the advice of Rough Trade's Carole Pope — "Do Whatever the Heck You Want" is anthemic and the album's standout song. The track's relatively sparse pop instrumentals and ultra-catchy melody lets Spoon's message of self-love and embracing individuality to ring a little louder. In the bridge, Spoon steps back from their celebration for just a moment to scold those who are unkind — "hurting other people is not part of the deal" — before launching back into the inspirational chorus: "do whatever the heck you want." Here, like bodiesofwater as a whole, Spoon encourages compassion and inspires optimism. (Coax)