As her moniker suggests, Lexie Papilion aka Bloodboy doesn't hold back. The LA-based artist crafts supremely danceable, status quo-questioning indie-pop anthems, and her forthcoming debut album, Punk Adjacent, is a sparkling testament to self-acceptance.
Its lead single, "Sex Crime" confronts societal guidelines for love and lust, unfolding the stigma behind an intergenerational relationship. "This song is about a woman in her early 20s who is pursued by a young man in his late teens, and while she can't deny she feels a certain attraction to him, she ultimately decides he's too young," she says.
A reverb-laden guitar opens the infectious track, colored by Papilion's sunny, almost retro-sounding vocals. "[The song is] a commentary on the rigidity of our legal system in regards to romantic relationships it deems inappropriate," she adds. "While I believe there is no 'magic age' dictating our physical or emotional capacity to consent, I do believe we have a moral responsibility to recognize and accept the inherent power imbalance at play between two people when there is a large disparity in age."
Like the complex subject matter, her lyrics give into contradictory impulses, alternating between the voice of inner desire and the will to conform.