Since 2015, Eartheater (Alexandra Drewchin) has made a name for herself with hallucinatory art-pop that shapeshifts effortlessly between sounds and textures, coaxing listeners with haunting recollections of love and erosion. An alchemical force across New York’s creative milieu, she’s behind the soundtracks for some of fashion’s most exciting voices, including Shayne Oliver’s debut collection under his own name in 2022, and served as a Casey Cadwallader Mugler muse. Then there’s her own Chemical X label spotlighting experimental voices across the city’s underground.
On her new album Powders, the Queens-based artist expands her art-pop sonics across nine blissed-out tracks. Featuring input from Sega Bodega, Yves Rothman, Casey MQ and Kiri among others, the record spans haunting electronics, trip-hop, deconstructed club and avant-pop to spellbinding effect. A highlight is lead single “Crushing”, a dark track, where Drewchin effortlessly slips between swirling abstractions and blunt one-liners like, “You’re a guy that eats pussy well”. Accompanied by a music video directed by Björk collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang, the after-effect is one of awe, enchanting the listener with glamorous visuals that serve to amplify the dreaminess. Morphing between electronic experimentation and acoustic texture, she sings about getting a vampire facial on “Face in the Moon” against woozy vocalisations, while a cover of System of a Down’s “Chop Suey” is reimagined as an eerie lullaby. It’s an intoxicating listen, with each track luring you further into Drewchin’s sonic web.