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 theirÂ opening set. Since cassettes were sold out, singer & guitarist JilianÂ Medford handed me a Hello Kitty kazoo with their Bandcamp urlÂ written on it.
Retaining all of their energy & angst, Medfordâ€™sÂ project has since shapeshifted into an official trio known as IAN SWEET and made the leapÂ from plastic kazoos to plastic discsÂ to distribute their debut full-length.Â If youâ€™ve ever wondered whatÂ a garage bandÂ with anÂ affinity for Crocs, flame-print, and skateboarding sounds likeÂ IAN SWEET has the answer. Their acutelyÂ eclecticÂ lifestyle is reflected in theirÂ musical styleÂ that drawsÂ fromÂ a range of rock, from grunge to pop-punk to jangle, tetheredÂ together by Medfordâ€™s wonderfully shrill croon and ferocious instrumentationÂ all around from her, bassist Damien Scalise, and drummerÂ Tim Cheney.
The Hardly Art site mentions the first pressing will be on white vinyl. Though they donâ€™tÂ specifically say â€ślimitedâ€ť or the quantity,Â IAN SWEETâ€™s BandcampÂ listsÂ a â€śLimited Edition Colored Vinylâ€ť that is presumably the same variant.
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
â€śI have a way of loving too many things to take on just one shape,â€ť Jilian Medford sings over and over again on the title track of the Brooklyn-based band IAN SWEETâ€™s debut album, Shapeshifter, repeating it like a mantra. This is Medfordâ€™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 Scaliseâ€™s playful instrumentation, Shapeshifter becomes a celebratory purging, an album that finds humor in self-deprecation and vice. IAN SWEETâ€™s debut interrogates capital-e Existence through a candy-coated lens, their mathy precision scaffolding the chaos of Medfordâ€™s personal neurosis and turning those anxieties into something hook-laden and relatable.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive