Cult’s fourth album, Host, is their most dynamic and collaborative album, featuring songs written by the band’s singer Madeline Follin. The songs are deceptively charming with lush, airy arrangements boosting dark, weighty lyrics. The production is rich and multifaceted, blending retro and futuristic palettes into a spellbinding swirl of high-def indie rock and lo-fi bedroom pop. Host is an exploration of the sinister dynamics at play in a parasitic relationship, but it doesn’t just dwell in discomfort. Instead, the album follows a cathartic journey towards freedom and self-reliance, reveling in the power that comes from standing your ground and declaring independence.