Shalom: Sublimation (Saddle Creek, 2023)

May 10, 2023 at 7:24 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Shalom: Sublimation

So this album grabbed my attention because the artist went to Rutgers, I’m guessing far after I left New Brunswick. She even samples an NJ Transit train announcement at one point during the album, right before a song called “Train Station”, so for that reason the album connected with me in a similar way that the book The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao did. Musically, it’s hook-heavy alternative pop and indie rock with contemporary production (by Ryan Hemsworth) and direct lyrics about anxiety, pressure, and existential crisis. A lot of these songs seem to express the desire to be someone else, yet also seek validation at the same time (on the deceptively upbeat “Happenstance”). The middle of the album seems to concentrate on songs about missing someone, loss, heartache. “Bodies” contains the line “send me to the broken person repair shop”, and in “Lighter”, the album’s standout, she pleads “take off this weight please make me lighter”.


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