Review: Diet Cig's 'Swear I'm Good At This' Is Fantastic Fuzz-Pop Debut

Our take on the Brooklyn duo's lovesick LP

Credit: Shervin Lainez

"Can we hang, no strings attached? Listen to 'N Sync cassettes?" A typical come-on from Diet Cig, and an invitation tough to resist. The New York boy/girl duo specialize in lovesick fuzz-pop on their fantastic debut album Swear I'm Good At This. Guitar-toting firecracker Alex Luciano keeps tripping over her own reluctant sentimental streak in these sardonic modern-love vignettes – as she sings, "It's hard to be punk while wearing a skirt." Even when her melodies get sugary, Luciano never wusses out as she contemplates the anxieties of youth, the terror of adulthood and the ever-astonishing lameness of the male. "Sixteen" has to be the best song ever written about dating somebody with the same name ("It was weird in the back of his truck/Moaning my own name while trying to fuck") while "Tummy Ache," "I Don't Know Her" and "Link In Bio" raise the aggression level. The highlight: "Maid of the Mist," where she announces, "I want to hold a séance for every heart I've broken/Put them all in a room and say, get over it."