Label: Fader On her 2019 debut album ‘Immunity’, Clairo closed things out with ‘I Wouldn’t Ask You’, a song about feeling helpless while a partner cared for her when she was struggling with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Two years later, on her second album ‘Sling’, the 22-year-old is now putting herself in the position of caregiver. The record was inspired by Claire Cottrill’s time back at her family home in Atlanta during the pandemic, when conversations with her mum made her consider more deeply her own position on future motherhood. In December she adopted her puppy Joanie, and these ideas about domesticity came sharply into focus.The resulting album is both deeply considered and finds her in the process of figuring things out. Both musically and lyrically, this is Clairo doing what she does best – crafting gorgeous jewels that help you make sense of your own world, one step at a time. ‘Sling’ might take inspiration from classic songwriters of yesteryear but, decades from now, it will be Cottrill whom our future artists hold up with similar reverence.