Author: Chad Grischow
Cursive's Tim Kasher returns with a brief seven-track coda to last year's stunning, sorrowful Monogomy. Available only at his live shows or on the Saddle Creek Records website, this chilly bitter pill provides more of the doom and gloom of the album it follows, as he sorts through the disappointment and regret of a divorce and his need to move on. The opening "No Harmony" serves as the perfect introduction to the album, as the divorcee looks to get back in the game but finds a potbelly and jagged tooth holding him back, with the light flicker roaring into full blaze in frustration as he jumps into bed in an attempt to start anew, "It doesn't matter if we click or not / It's a competition, who gets who off".Quietly strummed guitar nudges along his honest look at being still being on the road performing as his friends grow older and start families on "Opening Night", while the dimly lit "Lilybird And The Trust Fund Kid" weaves a narrative of two lost souls looking for something more out of life. The psychedelic bounce of organ bopping along with plucked strings fits the aquatic vibe of "A Bluer Sea" well, as Kasher compares his marriage to an anchor grounding him, "Without an anchor, I'm a wreck / Without an anchor, I regress". It is the song's male/female vocal interplay that really makes it stand out, as the female lays out questions his past decisions. Shuffling acoustic and eerie violin shrieks serve Kasher's fractured melody well on "The Jessica", as he painfully sees his ex moving on with another man, "Sure he's taller and he's handsome / But is he going bald?", while questioning his own relationship with her. Like the album it follows, Kasher's latest EP feels a bit like you are eavesdropping on his therapy session, but the soul-baring honesty in well-written songs makes it worth a listen.Seek - "A Bluer Sea", "The Jessica", "No Harmony"