I’ve been following Kimya Dawson on Twitter for a few weeks now, mostly on the recommendation of my friend Tony (@BlockheadNYC). She’s an independent singer/songwriter, probably best known for her early-2000’s project Moldy Peaches. These days she’s a sober mother of a daughter named Panda, and I kind of love her twitter because she mostly talks about poop and music and anyone who knows me could probably guess that those are two topics that’ll get you a first class ticket to my heart. She’s had some extra buzz lately from the August release of an album called “Are You Gonna Eat That?” with Aesop Rock as the band Hail Mary Mallon, which has been getting a lot of shine across the internets. Maybe we can talk about that project another time, but today I want to discuss her new solo album, entitled “Thunder Thighs”. I didn’t think I was gonna like it, mostly because I never really got into the whole super literal, 3 chord, folky, singer-songwriter, borderline kid’s music style that Kimya has always had. It’s super cute, but I don’t generally like cute when it comes to music. Puppies, fuzzy hats, or Dunnies? Cute all day long. I tend to like my music…a bit more complicated.
But oh my lordy bee, I like this album! A lot! It’s definitely cute, her kid sings in a bunch of songs, but she also talks about urine, Judy Blume, and just surviving on this planet as a flawed human being. She talks about drug overdoses and just trying to get your shit together, and without sounding preachy. And the numerous Aesop Rock guest appearances are fun.
All in all, I don’t know if I’d put it on repeat unless I was reeeeeally stoned and wanted to sing “The library, the library, is the perfect place for me!” over and over again, but I definitely recommend the album “Thunder Thighs” by Kimya Dawson. Go support good music.