Default Genders is the alias for James Brooks, an artist you might have formerly known as Elite Gymnastics. After a brief stint as Dead Girlfriends, Brooks settled on the less controversial Default Genders and came out last week with his debut LP as such, titled magical pessimism. It took me a couple of listens before the beauty in tracks like “The World Ends With You” really came out, but when it does the payoff is well worth it. And with this new endeavor, Brooks seems to perfectly blend elements of shoegaze, dreampop, and his previous electro pop sound to form one of the boldest, most gripping records on the year. Check it out for yourself and see why we think this new emergence as default genders might be the best thing to happen to the gifted James Brooks.