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!  

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