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March 24, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Odd Sweetheart

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

Morse code and reverb-laden guitar fades into your ears as you’re gently guided into the soundscape ahead.  This week my ears traveled afar with Odd Sweetheart and their track “Structures”.  The full groove kicks in at around 40 seconds and you get whirlwind hi hats and thick yet well mixed bass tone.  Simple yet holds the original groove the Morse code directed in.   The vocals drip out of the singer’s mouth with emotion but a simplicity of singing it a thousand times.  Voice is crisp and weathered, I feel the story.  Imagery of rib cages being torn apart may make you think we go to distortionville, you’d be wrong.  The guitar stays really clean the entire time, some overdrive, delay and as previously mentioned, reverb.  It gives it a garage-indie sound that you aren’t expecting when the song starts.  I appreciate the groove quite a bit, the drummer is very tight and tasteful.  Bass drum and guitar in tandem as you soar through structures of the mind.  Tight and short, with a neat instrumental composition to round out the ending.  Don’t judge a song by its intro, you may miss a trip as good as this one!  

March 24, 2022

The B-Side: Speed Control

We’re almost to the weekend so what better song to post to help us get on through the rest of working week blarghs than the upbeat and driving “Mr. Romance.” Dancing out of the frozen Yukon its Speed Control with this number that feels a bit like if The Killers traded in their Joy Division records for Superchunk ones. It’s catchy, it’s poppy yet rocking, it begs to be sung along to at the top of your lungs while driving with the windows down in places that are warmer than the Yukon.

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