True Blue: Solitary Queen tape (self-released, 2018)

August 31, 2018 at 10:59 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

True Blue: Solitary Queen tape

The debut EP from recent Local Music Show guest True Blue (Detroit-based singer/songwriter Alexandria Berry) contains four incredibly powerful, hook-filled tunes about yearning, disappointment, and abandonment. Berry multi-tracks her vocals, guitar, and bass, while Dina Bankole (Secret Twins, Swimsuit, Casual Sweetheart) provides steady yet urgent backbeats. Berry’s songs are simply constructed yet scathing. There’s a whole lot of vitriol on songs like “Look What You’ve Done” and “Not Anymore”, and especially the nagging “Only If You Want To”, yet the songs don’t sound harsh or abrasive. They’re easy-to-swallow garage pop tunes, but the lyrics really dig into my heart. Currently on repeat, and it sounds better every listen. True Blue will be opening for Fred Thomas (who mixed and mastered this tape) at Outer Limits Lounge in Hamtramck on September 19, and I do not want to miss it! Stream and buy the limited cassette at Bandcamp.

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