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PinkPantheress: To Hell With It [Parlophone EP, 2021]
This TikTok-launched 21-year-old Anglo-Kenyan ex-film student was a phenom in the U.K. for well over a year before I tripped over her while trawling Spotify, where I expect many of her hooks have already enjoyed long viral lives decorating lesser music. These 10 songs clock in at 18:36 total and are most often loosely anchored by pattering beats and/or tiny keyb figures solider than her irresistibly whispery soprano, with every one some kind of gem or lesser bauble. A genius who's had problems with her A levels, a shopgirl who can now buy the shop, she has problems with love because who doesn't, although a father who long ago relocated Stateside can't be helping. Wish her well as her art turns into a career, which she knows is inevitable and is never easy for anybody. A