BABY MAGIC (TRANSPARENT RED VINYL)
The debut album from 19-year-old artist Sofia Mills, Baby Magic intimately details the most pivotal moments in her coming-of-age experience: breakups with toxic boyfriends, coming out as queer at age 16, a longtime struggle with mental illness. As shown on her breakthrough single "Coffee Breath" (a self-produced track that's amassed over 90 million streams on Spotify to date), the Massachusetts-born singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist imbues her storytelling with both startling clarity and profound sensitivity, an element echoed in her warmly textured brand of indie-pop. Written entirely by Mills and co-produced with John Mark Nelson (Taylor Swift, Allison Ponthier), Baby Magic arrives as a complex and captivating body of work, built on a potent tension between her dreamy romanticism and intense self-awareness. "I tend to glorify a lot of the bad relationships I've had, and make them into something beautiful when they're really not-so the heartbreak I feel comes from losing the beauty I created in my own mind," Mills reveals. "And then with songwriting, I get to look back and analyze all that and see the relationship for what it was, which is what allows me to actually move on."