Inevitably, Alice Glass’ debut solo single has been measured against Crystal Castles’ material, along with that of HEALTH, whose multi-instrumentalist Jupiter Keyes produced and co-wrote the music (but not the lyrics) of “Stillbirth”. But this far outstrips small-stakes noise rock. “Stillbirth”‘s closest sibling is “On Sight”, Yeezus’ snarling opening salvo, both for its dystopian piledriver synths and unflinching statement of presence in the face of systematic oppression. Here, Glass is reborn as a blaring siren as she highlights years of emotional abuse at the hands of an unnamed tormentor, who imprisoned her in a toxic cycle of destruction and cruel mollification, stripping away her humanity in the process.
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