Thrifty's Adulting speaks to the struggling grown up in all of us.
You and I may not have the same favorite pasta sauce, you may be more of a dog-lover than me, and I might prefer my red lipstick over your purple, but as millennials, I think we can all agree on a universal truth: being an adult sucks. Scheduling appointments? Buying groceries? Dealing with important real-life stuff on your own? WHAT? There’s no denying it—becoming a grown up is confusing, difficult, and overwhelming for everyone. But though that may be the case, at least we have albums like Adulting to reassure us that we aren’t the only ones struggling to afford our own insurance, right?
Jenny Mudarri's debut as the project Thrifty looks to the gritty rock n’ roll of the '90s to help weave personal tales of the “adulting” kind. There's relationships, unwanted independence, and perhaps the most pressing issue of the lot: theme parties. Channeling the ghosts of Black Tambourine and early Best Coast, Thrifty discloses the not-so-secret plight of the millennial in a wonderfully catchy fashion. The six tracks, all recorded with minimal instrumentation and butt-kickin’ DIY aesthetic, comment on a range of common anxieties that some might deem “small” in light of the “bigger” issues out there. They may just be the little things, but Thrifty manages to prove to us that small anxieties are anxieties nevertheless, and worth a song or two. The album opens with “Casino of Love,” a track lamenting the mistakes, losses, and regrets that come with serious adult relationships. Ah yes, commitment. “Horoscope” asks us to consider a pressing, universally applicable question: “Where is the manual for this shit?” while also tackling the existential confusion that goes hand-in-hand with growing up. “Theme Party” confirms for us what we already know: theme parties are the worst. Do YOU have an escape plan? “Full Grown Child” is an angst-y tune addressing exactly what you think. And wrapping things up on a bittersweet note is “Courtesy Call,” because “when you say I’m difficult, it just means you love me.” In just over 15 minutes, Thrifty manages to cover almost everything “adult” with enough honesty and authenticity to fuel an album twice Adulting’s length. This record was not made to solve the mysteries of adulthood, but rather provide a relatable narrative for those who don’t quite have it figured out yet either; so...all of us. Thrifty may not always have their shit together, but maybe Adulting will inspire you to figure yours out.
Listen to Thrifty on bandcamp.
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