The Game of Monogamy
The Game of Monogamy makes a grand entrance with its first song "Monogamy Overture," by incorporating members of the Glacier National Symphony. Once the solemn string arrangement and fluttering woodwinds bow out, the next song, "A Grown Man," features Kasher in two sets of a cappella. His voice, however, sounds more sleazy than sincere, as though he were doing his best to emulate Tom Waits' "I Don't Wanna Grow Up." "I don't want a kid, and I can't keep being one," he says, amongst a tedious tantrum of sound. Though the song is a jarring racket by design, it is quickly redeemed by the following tracks. Structurally, "I'm Afraid I'm Gonna Die Here" sounds like the Good Life's "Album of the Year," where the acoustic tempo is replaced predominantly by live-wire horns and handclaps. On "Strays," Kasher recounts the makings of a long-term relationship joined together by a dog, the symbol of any growing family. The song could be the antithesis to the Good Life's "Inmates," played against a bittersweet harmonica and an honest chord progression to reflect his genuine feelings.
Recalling The Ugly Organ's double entendre, Kasher includes sexual innuendos all throughout The Game of Monogamy. "Bad, Bad Dreams" is a character's guilty plea for misbehavior. However, the throbbing desperation could actually be a step up from the primordial urges he injected on Cursive's "From the Hips." In fact, on "There Must Be Something I've Lost," Kasher's self-awareness allows him to change from depraved to simply perverse, as he acknowledges, "Why don't you leave those poor girls alone/ They don't need you anymore" backed up by a beautiful array of classical instruments, making it the overwhelming highlight of the album.
While the splattered paint and splintered keys from Cursive's signature sound may be missing, The Game of Monogamy still manages to excite just as much as it intrigues. Kasher is an undeniable talent; he can take a clever line such as, "We used to roll around like bear cubs/ Now all we wrestle with is indifference" and hide it in a verse of a song that will likely get noticed solely for its chorus. He can be satirical about love, while still holding it up in the most pristine condition. Regardless of whether he's writing about a whale or a wife, Kasher's work explores what we all strive to understand - the relationship with god, love and most importantly ourselves, even if his beaten-down songbook is far from being a classic novel.
CD / LP / MP3
CD / LP / MP3
MP3 / 7"