Camp Cope

How to Socialise & Make Friends

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Camp Cope's second album, How to Socialise & Make Friends, is a sweeping, emotional rollercoaster. The Melbourne trio's storytelling continues to be stunning and humbled, lead-singer Georgia McDonald's anxiety so blatant and palpable it's hard to differentiate their lyrics from diary entries.

Though Camp Cope's energy is clearly restrained throughout, McDonald's vitality remains intact, their lyrics as swelling and poignant as ever. It's an album bleeding sadness and regret, heavily loaded with self-observation and criticisms. Whether it's the melancholic confessions of "UFO Lighter" or the sincere goodbye to McDonald's father on "I've Got You," Camp Cope have mastered their breed of outsider indie-rock.

To say that this album is an incredibly intimate listen would be an understatement, safely compared to Mount Eerie's A Crow Looked at Me. Filled with crippling self-realizations and epiphanies regarding grief and self-renewal, it is truly a special record, heavy and rewarding, like an extremely necessary midnight cry. (

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