RIYL: And The Kids, All Dogs

Label: Hardly Art

During a Girlpool show in Boston last year, I saw IAN (as they were then known) for the first time and made my way to the merch table immediately after they wrapped up their opening set. Since cassettes were sold out, singer & guitarist Jilian Medford handed me a Hello Kitty kazoo with their Bandcamp url written on it.

Retaining all of their energy & angst, Medford’s project has since shapeshifted into an official trio known as IAN SWEET and made the leap from plastic kazoos to plastic discs to distribute their debut full-length. If you’ve ever wondered what a garage band with an affinity for Crocs, flame-print, and skateboarding sounds like IAN SWEET has the answer. Their acutely eclectic lifestyle is reflected in their musical style that draws from a range of rock, from grunge to pop-punk to jangle, tethered together by Medford’s wonderfully shrill croon and ferocious instrumentation all around from her, bassist Damien Scalise, and drummer Tim Cheney.

The Hardly Art site mentions the first pressing will be on white vinyl. Though they don’t specifically say “limited” or the quantity, IAN SWEET’s Bandcamp lists a “Limited Edition Colored Vinyl” that is presumably the same variant.

The Details

First LP pressing on white vinyl
All pre-orders will also receive any pre-release track downloads in advance of the album release (as they are made public)
LPs and CDs include a digital album download (available on release day)
Cassette format does not come with a digital album download

“I have a way of loving too many things to take on just one shape,” Jilian Medford sings over and over again on the title track of the Brooklyn-based band IAN SWEET’s debut album, Shapeshifter, repeating it like a mantra. This is Medford’s thesis statement, a narrator to carry us through Shapeshifter, which is above all else a meditation on loneliness and displacement.

With Medford accompanied by drummer Tim Cheney and bassist Damien Scalise’s playful instrumentation, Shapeshifter becomes a celebratory purging, an album that finds humor in self-deprecation and vice. IAN SWEET’s debut interrogates capital-e Existence through a candy-coated lens, their mathy precision scaffolding the chaos of Medford’s personal neurosis and turning those anxieties into something hook-laden and relatable.

Price $14

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