Moriondo, based in Detroit, got their start by posting covers on YouTube at the age of 13. Some of their most popular covers include Edith Piafs’ “La Vie En Rose” and Rex Orange County’s “Best Friend”. They began to gain traction as they started posting originals under the genre of indie-pop and bedroom, similar to the likes of Clairo, mxmtoon, and Cavetown.
Their first album, Rabbit Hearted., was entirely self-produced, and filled with lots of ukelele strumming, lo-fi beats, and typical bedroom pop productions style. The now 18-year-old has grown immensely in their writing style between their debut and Blood Bunny.
The album as a whole has a different feel than its predecessor. It has a lot more teenage angst and delves much further into the rock genre. Moriondo has also said that this album is much more emotional and intimate than Rabbit Hearted.
Moriondo cites iconic rock bands such as Paramore, All Time Low, and Green Day as their biggest influences. This influence is especially apparent in songs like the album’s closer, “What If It Doesn’t End Well”; Moriondo spends the last part of this particular song almost-screaming about their fear for what is to come. This kind of raw emotion is one of the reasons why their music has resonated so much with fans.
Moriondo is a non-binary lesbian and is unafraid to write about their queerness in their music. Two songs, “Samantha” and “Strawberry Blonde”, stand out as the love songs on the album and are unashamedly gay. Shameless queerness is vastly impactful in the music industry, even now as more LGBT+ artists are becoming more and more popular.
However, maybe the most surprising coming from an artist that started their career with bedroom pop, is how gory and dark some of the songs on Blood Bunny are. The song “I Eat Boys,” for one, is inspired by the cult-classic horror film Jennifer’s Body. Another similar song is “BodyBag.” These songs add a really fun energy to the album.
Chloe Moriondo will be joined by indie-rock band, Kid Sistr, and singer-songwriter, Shortly, for their performance at The Secret Group in Houston, TX on November 13th. Chloe Moriondo is an artist to watch for, so make sure to grab your tickets!