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ITEM / Racket Man / Beach Stav
ITEM is kicking off a little weekend tour in NYC and Boston, hoping to see all of our friends before we head out for a few days.
With their second release, Cleveland-based art rockers ITEM have created a layered record entrenched in the twinkly modulated idioms of slowcore and shoegaze with flourishes of adventurous 60s pop-rock songcraft. Sad Light unfolds as a crisp miasma of effected guitars, affecting lyrics, and effective synths and harmonies. Opening with the polished dizzy garage track ‘Horse Pill’, it staggers on with an unbalanced guitar riff reflecting the tranquilizer lyrics, lifting to a clean, somber mood reminiscent of midwestern malaise. Off-kilter melodies wander your head with propulsive rhythms and words creating an uncanny sense of time and space. ‘Somersault’ contrasts this with a twee half-recollection of regretful past actions planting a seed of ennui. It sets the stage for the rest of the record’s themes, ending on washed out harmonies between Simpson and Glover, the principal songwriters. The intimate words are lifted with structured crescendos dovetailing into personal yet relatable songs telling stories of relationships, addiction and recovery wrapped in a haze of somber reflection. Thoughtful production gives depth to these 8 tracks through beachy harmonies and synth sounds of forgotten exotica records.
Racket Man — golden soul cousins to the 7th power. party on the yacht. babies to the scenes but vets at heart. fans of prefab sprout will rejoice.
Beach Stav — Freaks of the Cleve