When word came out that Tim Kasher had a new album, let's say these two ears were hesitant. Cursive's Mama, I'm Swollen teetered towards The Good Life territory, which faded the lines between his two projects. A solo album abstractly denotes acoustic and I could not take a triad of musical iterations, hence the hesitation. Or maybe it was that a part of me wants him to move on past the lyrics of domestic disillusionment and heartbreak and finally make an uplifting love song. Something upbeat, sweet in the way Colin Meloy gushes on "Wonder."
Pushing the tape into the deck on "Cold Love" churns out the brightest, practically pop guitar ever heard from Kasher. A riff so shiny it brakes you the way his lyrics could only do before. Before you believe he's polishing up his shoes, going out to stop for that final ring and find happiness through marriage, focus on the tale spun. "The sheltered life of a couple is like living in a bubble." Okay, well...in the words of our venerable Chicagoan in What about Bob?, "Baby steps."
Even if it has been five years since your last taste of Kasher's songwriting, or anything Saddle Creek, pull off that congested music highway for this little green house of an album and listen. The Game of Monogamy features Minus the Bear's Erin Tate, members of the Glacier National Symphony, and Omaha's Matt Maginn and Patrick Newbery. It will be released October 5th via Saddle Creek Records. Special packages include a version with a signed poster, and one that includes an exclusive 7" signed and personalized by Tim Kasher limited to 100.
Tim Kasher will return to Chicago November 20th at Schubas.