Caroline Polachek has released her fourth solo album, “Desire, I Want To Turn Into You,” and it may just be the best pop album of 2023. This new release is a departure from her previous work, and is focused on exploring the theme of desire. The album is a masterclass in pop music, with Polachek showcasing her incredible vocal abilities and unique musical language.
Polachek’s previous album, “Pang,” was characterized by a futuristic, icy persona, with sharp imagery and irresistible hooks. However, it lacked the warmth and personal touch of her latest release. “Desire, I Want To Turn Into You” is an enchanting pop masterpiece, with Polachek incorporating more organic instrumentation than ever before, and ditching the hyperpop-adjacent sheen of her previous work for warmer, more naturalistic fare.
The album explores the theme of desire in depth, with Polachek using sensual lyrics to create an incredibly erotic atmosphere. The album showcases Polachek’s incredible vocal delivery, with her rapid-fire descending arpeggios and soaring, ethereal highs creating a map to discover. Polachek’s versatility and vocal prowess are on full display throughout the album, and the result is nothing short of thrilling.
“Desire, I Want To Turn Into You” is a departure from Polachek’s previous work, with a much deeper focus on the sounds and energy of ’90s and early-2000s alternative pop. The album pays homage to artists like Dido, Enya, and Björk, while showcasing Polachek’s unique musical language. The album is an enchanting pop masterpiece, and it’s only February, but it might just be the best pop album of 2023.