Live at The Grace, London
On the heels of what’s already been a banner year, IAN SWEET (the project of LA artist Jilian Medford) has shared her latest pop firestarter – “f*ckthat,” now available on Polyvinyl. It’s hard not to relate to the song’s meaning, as Medford explains, “My phone causes me a lot of anxiety! I really only like to use it to take videos and pictures of my dog. This song is about not wanting to answer calls anymore and wishing I could just throw it out the window and disassociate from its evil/stress inducing technology.”
Produced by Manitoba duo deadmen (Royal Canoe), Medford’s voice soars in jubilant defiance over a pulsating bass line and four-on-the-floor stomp, sending its caller in question headfirst into voicemail. It’s her strongest showing yet, and an exciting look at things to come as IAN SWEET’s sound continues to evolve with pop precision.
Earlier this year, IAN SWEET released her latest album, the triumphant Show Me How You Disappear. Its accolades include high praise from Pitchfork, NPR Music, The New Yorker, and more. In July, Medford released her cover of “Yellow” by Coldplay (her favorite band) with an accompanying video homage that faithfully recreates the original. The release garnered widespread attention from press, and even minted the British quintet themselves as new fans.