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The Naysayer - deathwhisker
Cat. No. saki024
Release Date: October 30
High brow, introspective bedroom smart-pop album from Cynthia Nelson (RETSIN, RUBY FALLS) who plays drums, sings, plays guitar, recorder, harmonica and melodica, and newcomer Anna Padgett who writes and sings the words and plays guitar. They are joined by Tara Jane O'Neil (RETSIN, SONORA PINE, RODAN) who plays guitar and bass and handled production/recording duties, Tara Key (ANTIETAM) plays guitar on onesong, and Ida Pearle (RETSIN, IDA) who lends hauntingly gorgeous strings to 2 songs. It's getting on a little over two years that these girls have been playing together, usually quietly, in a windowless practice space on Stanton Street in NYC. That's not to mention the time they spent preparing to first share these sounds with each other, during their respective forays into the otherworlds of Louisville and Los Angeles. But now The Naysayer belongs in the world at large, because the songs have just gotten too good. Anna's delicate strumming reeks of a veteran, and her lyrics embody the wisdom we need to laugh at ourselves (in horror).
Cynthia's drumming is creative and involves other tools, like melodicas, tambourines, etc, as well as her familiar harmonic warbling. Breathtaking songwriting, a sleek and scary analysis of existence hidden in truly enjoyable tunes. As the title cut says, "It's pretty, but it's very, very heavy."
US tour to follow release.
read the TONY review or - - - this review at Pitchfork
Read about Naysayer in The Naysayer Bio
and Retsin in The Retsin Bio