"Host" by Cults
Cults’ fifth album Host not only explores the power exchange between independence and codependence through the theme of parasitic relationships, it also fundamentally reimagines how the band sounds and operates. Host is more collaborative than Cults’ previous albums thanks to singer Madeline Follin bringing her own music and songs to the band’s producer. The overall sound of the album is full of beautiful contradictions, it’s futuristic and retro at different points. Light airy dream pop is contrasted by dark lyrics that hint at the toxicity of codependency “I have no one to turn to, I thought I told you I’d take you down with me too” and the freedom of finding independence.