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John Bradley (FORMERLY OF Dads)
I'm Glad It's You (SOLO)
The best music emerges from true emotions that a songwriter feels compelled to express. It’s that sense of urgency that permeates every second of the new album from I'm Glad It's You, "The Things I Never Say," giving listeners an intimate window into something truly heartfelt. As each song passes, it's as if pages of a personal journal have been transposed into lyrics, laid perfectly atop music accompaniment.
Musically, I'm Glad It's You seem to be mining the ever-fertile influence of '90s alt-rock, particularly of the Midwestern variety, yet do so by tapping into elements of that aesthetic many have overlooked. The band innovates on the introspective, yet powerful origins of "college rock," incorporating their contemporary Southern California roots to build something equally as familiar as it is refreshing.
"The Things I Never Say" is a rare album, filled with dynamics both lyrically and musically, cathartic and expressive, while also drawing listeners in to something to be cherished and revelled in.
alyssa joseph is a singer/songwriter hailing from Philadelphia, PA. her electrified, calculated guitar playing, paired with her passionate, raw vocals create emotional alternative indie music that draws influence from strong female-fronted acts such as Big Thief, Julien Baker, and Daughter.
Most solo projects seem to fall into one of two categories: Those that resemble a simpler, stripped down version of the artist’s primary band and those projects that allow the artist to express a separate side of their musical identity. Graduation Speech, the solo endeavor of Kevin Day (who leads pop-punk grumblers Aspiga), some how fits both categories. On the project’s debut EP Quiet & Calm, Day takes his band’s songwriting approach and extends it in a moodier, more tender direction. Certainly, Day’s unmistakeable voice—sweet, dazed, lovesick—make it easier to hear Apsiga in Graduation Speech. Combine this with the churning chords on “Aching,” and Day’s songs become characteristically his; drown these songs in distortion, add a ringing baseline and punchy drums, and they become Aspiga songs. Other tracks, though, feel more like a departure. “Daydreams” feels darker, colder, but more sentimental. Day’s lyrics paint an intimate portrait of a day spent indoors with one’s love: “Will you dance with me on the kitchen floor? My daydreams are spilling out of my tiny skull,” he sings, allowing his acoustic chords to chime behind him. In fact, Quiet & Calm is full of hopeful songs—as honest as any that Day has recorded with his primary band, but with a shinier silver lining, perhaps, and a sweeter delivery. More importantly, though, Graduation Speech manages to do what most solo projects cannot—that is, appeal to Aspiga’s fans while letting Day explore another side of his songwriting.
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