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April 6, 2022

The Midweekly – Mitski

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAM, music junkie and all around righteous dude.

A few years ago Mitski thought she was done with music for good. The multiplying complexities of new stardom in an often disillusioning industry became a bit too overwhelming for the Nashville based singer. But much to her fans’ glee, Mitski wasn’t done. And navigating this dilemma of celebrity only inspired new ideas, many of which are definitely the focus of her latest release, Laurel Hell. The tunes are simple in structure. Many forgo a typical refrain for just back to back verses. Lyrics about escape and abandonment, to and from the people and the career she struggles to maintain. Resentment weighs heavy in some of these themes, like a hardening of the soul, but in these words Mitski also finds a way to cope, to continue loving what she does. The music pushes the synth to the front of the production, swaying between sweet and sad electro pop, with big build ups to some really epic melodies. And of course an album like this wouldn’t be complete without a few 80s style bangers about heartbreak, made specifically for you to dance those feels out. These tracks are where the chorus’ have been hiding. The title comes from a term used when one is stuck in a tangle¬†of laurels. Likely the figurative situation Mitski was in before approaching this record. Hopefully it helped untangle them a bit.

April 6, 2022

Wordless Wednesdays – The Still Point

Wordless Wednesdays is our column where we spotlight the best new instrumental tracks.

Fun fact about Postcard Elba – 75% of the staff are musicians, so it is with great authority that we say that The Still Point are a bunch of real jerks. Coming in here playing beyond our wildest dreams with licks that are so clean and tasty and adventurous and tight and precise and it’s like, ugh, we get it already – you fucking rip. Landing somewhere between jazz and math rock “Landspeed” is a masterclass in subtle shredding. Guitarist and bandleader Hayes Cummings grabs the ears first with runs that give us hand cramps just thinking about, but dig deeper and notice that the rhythm section is also so good it’ll make drummers and bassists want to list their gear on Reverb too. This is, quite simply, as good as musicianship gets.

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