Indigo De Souza – Any Shape You Take

Any Shape You Take spans genres, from TikTok pop to grunge and lots in between – and Indigo De Souza commits to them all

Album Review by Tony Inglis | 23 Aug 2021
  • Indigo De Souza - Any Shape You Take
Album title: Any Shape You Take
Artist: Indigo De Souza
Label: Saddle Creek
Release date: 27 Aug

In American artist Sharon Hayes’ work May 1st, comprised of the text of a letter to an unnamed lover, she writes: 'My favorite color is your favorite color. My favorite meal, yours. Why does this make you so angry? I have my own mind but my desire is not a thinking; it’s an echo, a reverberating shock. I am so much yours, I am no longer myself. Is that so wrong?'

These are the same unfiltered emotions, the complete giving over of oneself to a feeling, that Indigo De Souza deals in, especially when it comes to someone she loves. I Love My Mom, Die/Cry, Kill Me – De Souza goes hard or goes home when it comes to living and loving. And so, 17, the opening track of Any Shape You Take seems like a bit of a fake out – an autotuned veil, totally indirect. But this is just another signifier of that total commitment.

The album spans TikTok pop to grunge and lots in between. De Souza commits to them all. On Real Pain, an extended interlude of horror movie wailing and screaming is bookended by hooky guitars. What pain could be real-er than a gory Friday the 13th bloodbath?

Listen to: Real Pain, Bad Dream, Hold U