IAN SWEET: #23

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Ian SweetI 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 excellent 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.

Like its title suggests, most of the songs on Shapeshifter don’t settle in a particular scene so much as they delve into a sensibility. In this particular track Medford honors her favorite athlete Michael Jordan on “#23”. On Shapeshifter, IAN SWEET prove that there is no one absolute; just the ease that comes with knowing everything will be OK as long as you hold tight to the pocket-sized things in life that bring happiness while you watch the rest of your world fall apart in slow-motion.

#23 is the second single from IAN SWEET’s Shapeshifter, out 9/9/16 on CD, LP, digital, and cassette from Hardly Art records – highly recommended!

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