Meet Blondshell, the New Name in Indie Music You Need to Know

There are few artists who can grab you from the first song you hear, but within three minutes and 44 seconds, Blondshell makes its presence known. Just try not to hit snooze immediately.

Blondshell is the stage name of Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Sabrina Teitelbaum. Born in New York, Teitelbaum was drawn to the faith-based nature of musicians such as Tracey Chapman, Elliott Smith and Patti Smith. On her very first single, “Olympus,” premiering on NYLON below, she joins their ranks with a raw take on heartbreak and addiction. “I wanna save myself, you part of my addiction / I just keep you in the kitchen while I burn,” she sings over relentless slinky guitars. In his upcoming music, expect similar cutting lyrics on topics such as coming to terms with one’s gayness, sobriety, and being saved. (The upcoming “Veronica Mars,” she laments coming of age through the lens of the hit teen drama, singing “Veronica Mars, 2000 oughts/Logan’s a dick; I’m learning it’s hot.”)

Here, Blondshell talks to NYLON exclusively about her debut single and what’s yet to come, and listen to “Olympus” below.

What are you doing right now ? Describe your environment.

I’m in my apartment in Los Angeles and my friend is about to come play guitar with me. I just ate a box of blueberries and I’m about to remove my eye makeup. It’s pretty hot in LA and I feel like my eye makeup doesn’t go well with the heat.

What is the story behind “Olympus?”

I went to a session in February 2020 and was going through really bad grief at the time. I wrote “Olympus” about the experience of falling in love with someone and knowing it wasn’t going to work while still being in love. When I showed the demo to the producer I ended up working with, he was like, “Okay, do you have any more songs like this?” because I think that’s what he expected to hear from me.

What is your first memory related to music?

I went to see the Rolling Stones with my dad on their A Bigger Bang tour in 2005. I remember them opening with “Start Me Up” and the stage was set up like space (hence “a bigger bang”). It was crazy and my mind was completely blown. I became obsessed with their album tattoo yourself after that show and it’s still one of my favorites.

What’s the last album you played in full and enjoyed, and why did you like it?

Yesterday morning I went for a walk and listened to “Preacher’s Daughter” by Ethel Cain. Her voice is so beautiful and the songwriting is so free. I was so moved by the song “A House in Nebraska” and it made me very emo about the people I love.

Besides making music, what do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I like to tell my dog ​​how smart and funny he is. I also like to read a lot of short stories and non-fiction. I’m trying to learn to cook and bought a cookbook called “I Can Cook Vegan”.

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