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Bullion’s ‘Affection’: A Bold Leap into Intimacy and Innovation in Pop Music

  • April 22, 2024
  • 2 min read
Bullion’s ‘Affection’: A Bold Leap into Intimacy and Innovation in Pop Music

Bullion, rare, Carly Rae Jepsen, alternative rock, indie rock

Set for release this Friday (4/26) via Ghostly International, Affection marks a seminal moment in the illustrious career of Bullion, aka Nathan Jenkins. The album is a testament to his skill as a songwriter and producer, reimagining pop tropes with a visionary twist. In the build-up to this release, Bullion tantalized fans with collaborations featuring Carly Rae Jepsen and Panda Bear. The latest offering, “World_train,” sees him joining forces with the esteemed Belgian artist Charlotte Adigéry. Known primarily for her contemplative electronic compositions, Adigéry adopts a folksy, meandering style for this track. The result is a captivating motorik hoedown where both artists’ vocals intertwine in an evocative duet.

“World_train” is just a glimpse into an album characterized by its eclectic brilliance and Bullion’s signature creative restlessness. Jenkins, a cult hero in the electronic scene, is revered for his ability to bridge artists, genres, and the nuances of UK subcultures. His extensive resume includes work with notable names like Carly Rae Jepsen, Ben Howard, Nilüfer Yanya, and Avalon Emerson, alongside contributions to emerging talents such as Westerman and Joviale. Bullion’s discography, which includes critically acclaimed solo projects on Young, The Trilogy Tapes, Jagjaguwar, and his own DEEK Recordings, continues to evolve impressively with “Affection.”

Affection is not just a pop record; it’s an audacious, warm, and occasionally whimsical journey through the public display of warmth and connection. Bullion’s music, famously elusive yet undeniably unique, reaches new heights as it delves into the complexities of intimacy, masculinity, and personal identity. The album weaves these themes with nostalgic elements, like the lyrical references to “hat stands and watches” in “World_train.” It draws on diverse inspirations—from morning swims to childhood fears, to a book of poetry written by his father—creating tracks that resonate with tender authenticity.

Ultimately, Affection is an introspective inquiry into how we perceive others and ourselves, daring to be vulnerable and, perhaps, caring a little less about public perception in the process. This album is a bold, beautifully crafted exploration of modern pop, making it a standout addition to Bullion’s repertoire. Check out “Rare” below:

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