Hardly Art

This is a pre-order item. We will ship this item by October 26, 2018 unless your order includes other pre-order items that ship later. All items in your order will ship together.

Product Info

Type:
Album
Release Date:
October 26, 2018
Catalog No:
73110
Label:
Hardly Art

Pre-order Details

  • First LP pressing on limited orange swirl-colored vinyl
  • LPs and CDs include a digital album download, available on release day
  • The LP download of this album contains two bonus tracks
  • Cassette format does not include a digital album download
  • t-shirt is also available for pre-order 
In writing Crush Crusher, Medford committed herself to exploring her own issues with self-image, self-respect/worth, and the responsibility she has felt to others. Album opener “Hiding” was one of the first songs she wrote for the record while living in a frigid Brooklyn apartment during a winter break amidst her grueling tour schedule. In the song, Medford reflects on an interpersonal relationship that fell apart because of an inability to feel supreme comfort in sharing all the pieces of herself with someone. Nevertheless, a hopeful demeanor shines through on “Hiding” and in her writing across the album, with lyrics that embrace life’s hurdles and make them feel a little less scary.

Much of Crush Crusher’s songs deal with Medford’s internalized pressure to become a caretaker in many of her close friends’ lives. As a defense mechanism for her own insecurities, Medford projects a sense of invincibility and benevolence to feel more deserving of the love received from others; we hear this on “Holographic Jesus” when she repeats the phrase “the sun built me to shade everybody,” characterizing the sacrifice and responsibility she feels in ways that could easily go unnoticed. “Holographic Jesus” ultimately represents a façade of strength that Medford has clung onto and, in true Taurus fashion, is stubborn to let go of.

Musically, Crush Crusher is full of dissonant open chords and abnormal progressions, finding beauty in a level of conflict not seen on Shapeshifter. To help achieve this expansive-but-focused sound, Medford enlisted the help of someone who was just as ambitiously experimental in their approach, producer and engineer Gabe Wax (Deerhunter, The War on Drugs, Soccer Mommy). Medford and Wax set up shop at Rare Book Room studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and completed the basic tracking with musicians Simon Hanes on bass and Max Almario on drums. “Coming into a space where some of my biggest inspirations like Bjork, Dirty Projectors, and Deerhunter had all once also recorded, I felt determined to push myself and test every boundary that I may have subconsciously created along the way. Gabe made me feel comfortable with attempting anything,” Medford says. By the end of the recording process, IAN SWEET wound up with an unconventional assortment of songs featuring disparate elements of psych- rock, trip-hop, and shoegaze that together forged a sound uniquely her own.

Product Info

Type:
Album
Release Date:
October 26, 2018
Catalog No:
73110
Label:
Hardly Art

Tracks

  1. Hiding
  2. Spit
  3. Holographic Jesus
  4. Bug Museum
  5. Question It
  6. Crush Crusher
  7. Falling Fruit
  8. Borrowed Body
  9. Ugly/Bored
  10. Your Arms Are Water