Crush Crusher captures Ian Sweet during a growth spurt, and, in spite of some growing pains, Medford embraces the change, pushing herself as a singer, songwriter, and musician pursuing independence. Until now, Ian Sweet’s trademark has been Medford’s spiky singing style. Her voice rocketed into squeaky bursts that were dramatic and playful, like a child being tickled. Alone for Crush Crusher, Medford tries something different: a softer, breathier delivery that elongates in pools of reverb. Lyrically, the album is about insecurities and the burden of carrying a loved one’s feelings (see Ugly/Bored or Borrowed Body ), but the straightforward way Medford sings about those subjects spotlights an increasing self-assurance that bolsters her words. This shift in style, plus slimming the band from three to one, opened more space in these songs, which Medford fills with guitar amps.
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In 2014, Jilian Medford released her first tape as IAN, an enduring collection of songs with a striking vulnerability that carried through as the project morphed over the years. It started out as a solo endeavor and expanded to a full band and now it’s back at those solitary beginnings once again. There was a name change in that time (IAN SWEET now) and a full-length album, 2016’s Shapeshifter. Now, Medford’s a week away from releasing her sophomore album, Crush Crusher, and that same kernel of transparency has remained throughout the project’s many iterations
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supported by. Spookanide. 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. 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 d 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).
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Crush Crusher out now on Hardly Art records. IAN SWEET’s electric new single Hiding is a reminder for self care.
Ian Sweet’s Crush Crusher is a heavy record in many ways. From its distorted guitar work to its blunt, personal lyrics, Jillian Medford has created a record with a lot of meaning and feeling behind it. After dropping her bandmates and working on this album solo, Medford found a sound that she likely wouldn’t have found within a trio. It’s impossible to deny the power of an opening track like Hiding. It’s loud, as Medford belts out the words, I forgot myself in you, over a huge explosion of guitar and drums. Spit gets about as close to the older Ian Sweet style before the album gets more.