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Clairo wants to “enchant” with his lush and multi-layered new album

Clairo, the Atlanta-based indie-pop singer-songwriter, is on the road with “Charm,” her third album overall and her first record in three years.

The 11-track release is a masterclass of modern yet thoughtful music, reminiscent of ’70s-inspired pop grooves with a smooth layer of Clairo’s signature soul.

Clairo has made it onto many cool kids’ aesthetic playlists with great tracks like “Sofia” and “Bags.” She continues to explore themes of love and sexuality, combining playful melodies with astute lyrics that observe the fickle states of the heart: desire, waiting, acceptance and exploration.

The standout song is “Sexy to Someone,” a repeat-worthy track where Clairo sings about being desired. “I want afterglow and when I call a car / Send me eyes knowing I could make it happen,” Clairo sings over a quick drum shuffle and gentle synth stabs. Desiring to be sexy to someone is sexier than simply singing about being sexy. These are the levels of clever songwriting that Clairo understands and delivers.

If you’re looking for something to move your body to, turn to “Add Up My Love,” a Clairo-certified bop that’s up-tempo than her usual sing-song and showcases the singer’s vocal prowess.

Clairo and her “Charm” co-producer Leon Michaels (of The Dap-Kings and El Michels Affair) deserve credit for their love of analog. Clairo and her colleagues assembled a live ensemble of horns, woodwinds and vintage synths to create a sound that is lush and respectful of the pre-digital process.

Clairo fans will likely love this release. Newcomers to her music will be glad to have found it. Clairo remains a standout among current indie pop artists due to her quality lyricism and consistent melodic invention. She is a cut above the flashes in the pan that deliver fleeting catchy tunes.