Kirsten Ludwig Plates Her Songs in Armour on 'Sunbeam'

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BY Kaelen BellPublished Nov 15, 2023

Kirsten Ludwig makes songs that feel small and intimate, but rather than let them drift by in gauzy fabrics and gentle half-light, she plates them in armour and sends them careening through the sun's glare. 

The follow-up to 2018's We Get It Now opens with the bulletproof "Less," driven by a galloping synth throb and pounding drums, a glitter-bomb that shakes off the more organic textures of Ludwig's debut in favour of gleaming confidence and pure momentum. 

Each song here, from the pastoral title track to the big, shiny closer "Equal Distance," is powered by an unflinching inner light, synth-rock that never prizes bombast over heart. Sunbeam a step-up in just about every way, dressing Ludwig's songwriting in glitzier garb without losing what made it so special in the first place.

(Oscar St. Records)

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