ALBUM REVIEW: Katie von Schleicher – Consummation | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 22.05.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

After discovering Katie von Schleicher opening for Big Thief at Think Tank? in 2017, her album from that year, Shitty Hits, quickly became one of my favourites – a captivating record of twisted lo-fi pop miniatures.

Her new album, Consummation, finds her breaking through to a wider indie appeal, and not quite succeeding. The album’s turn away from scuzzy distorted textures in favour of spare dream pop results in an atmosphere of listlessness, the album’s conceptual lyrics let down by decidedly low-stakes musical arrangements. It has its moments – the final track’s nihilistic refrain is wonderfully anthemic, reminding me of the darkness I loved in Shitty Hits – but in general this feels like a transitional release for Katie von Schleicher.

 

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