Album review: Edith – In this house we celebrate heartbreak

Edith explores life and love in your early 20s on her debut album In this house we celebrate heartbreak

On her stirring and emotionally charged debut album In this house we celebrate heartbreak, rising indie pop artist Edith explores the experiences that have shaped her life between the ages of 20 and 22, using the release as a cathartic form of expression of her thoughts and feelings that pulls her listeners along for an engrossing journey that leaves a lasting, memorable impression.

The upbeat indie pop glow of ‘Over It’, a track that gets things off to the best possibly start with its poppy swagger and charm, to the more thoughtful and introspective ‘The Day We Met’, the artist immediately showcases a penchant for catchy melodies and vibrant appeal that is juxtaposed by the emotive nature of her writing, creating a real sense of depth and allure that brings the tracks to life with a multi-faceted edge.

‘Heart of Stone’ ventures the track deeper into this immersive emotional territory, slowing things down and allowing for the painstaking sense of heart and the deep emotional core of the album to shine through. The soundscape here feels affable and busy throughout while never taking the spotlight from Edith’s stirring vocal performance, continuing to highlight the distinctive charm of the LP.

Tracks like ‘God Complex’ and ’21’ hone in on the central theme of the album, delving into the complexities of modern relationships in empowering and enticing fashion. The energetic and intoxicating former track showcases the artist at her cutting and unabashed best, tearing down a partner that has wronged her with reckless abandon and making for some of the album’s most fun moments. The latter of the tracks is almost like a sequel, with the person sending her a text following them stopping seeing each other, the artist maintains her slick sense of fierceness on the track, bringing her story to life with a flair and sense of composure that feels effortless.

The uncompromising euphoria of ‘Dancing in Front of The TV’ feels palpable throughout, inviting listeners to revel in the small things that make relationships feel so magical and special, blessed with a forward-thinking and fun pop soundscape that perfectly evokes these feelings and emotions.

The incessantly catchy charm of tracks like ‘Stupid Mistake’ and ‘Girlfriend’ and ‘The Girls Who Took My Place’ feel almost Taylor Swift-like in their delivery, with the artist using her masterful artistry and energetic vibrancy to put a positive, infectious spin on bittersweet tales of regret, betrayal and failed relationships. The striking thing about Edith and this album is how remarkably real and earnest it all feels, with each track unfolding with a sense of authenticity and honesty that sticks with you and makes you almost feel as if you’re talking to a close friend about their life.

One of the catchiest moments on the LP comes in the form of its closer ‘Airdrop’, a track that details the artist’s continued struggle to get across the way that she feels and be clear about her emotions. The artist’s struggles are articulated gorgeously through a sound that typifies everything that makes Edith feel so fresh and exciting, bursting with colour and life through its busy and warm instrumentation.

In this house we celebrate heartbreak is an album that, through its 18 tracks, explores a wide range of the pitfalls and emotions attached to dating in your early 20s. There are fleeting moments of bliss and moments of heartbreak, but there is always something relatable and human at its core that comes with searching for love. Listeners will often resonate with the vulnerable way in which the artist bares her sound and lays out her feelings, and the sheer catchiness and infectious sense of personality is enough to keep you around regardless.