Sadly, we didn’t know about Konig (aka Nadia Pacey) in 2014, when she put out her first two EPs, but the Toronto/Kingston-based bedroom pop songsmith more than made us take notice in 2015. Back in April, she put out the delicate and melancholy “Point of Light”, which thoroughly captivated and had us eagerly anticipating her debut full-length album Puberty. And it surpassed our every expectation.
It’s clear that Pacey has come a long way from those early EPs, and Puberty marks the arrival of a significant new voice in the Canadian music scene. Daringly honest, this new set of songs is more precisely composed, and decidedly more melancholy. And at times, absolutely heartbreaking. Along with her indisputable songwriting talent, Konig also has a remarkable knack for original arrangements and subtle electronic pop production. But despite its fascinating twists and turns and impressive sonic choices, the record above all succeeds on an emotional level. We’re suckers for sad, beautiful pop music.