Listen to the penultimate song Presumably Dead Arm on the new record Ed Buys Houses by Sidney Gish, and you understand the spirit in which the talented composer writes. It's her document of teenage life in Boston. Ed Buys Houses; the time-capsule of youth by Sidney Gish...
"I wanna know your password without changing them in preferences // Scrolling through click-bait endlessly // Valencia filters are passing the time". Sidney Gish documents the thoughts and emotions of the final years of teenage life 2017 with her New Year effort Ed Buys Houses. Moving away from sporadic flutters of Soundcloud releases, this time-capsule of youth is Gish's first crack at moulding her inspirations into the long-play format, and she has succeeded.
"I didn't grow up going on secret adventures and making decent art, I grew up awkwardly walking around the grocery store.
I wanted Ed Buys Houses to show that; not the story of a cool, rebellious youth, but the bleak, uncool youth that way more people are familiar with"
Gish summaries her intentions brilliantly here, confidently playing the realistic and relatable card which too many artists seem to avoid. This release is more intentional than everything else she has made to date. Yes, the record follows one concept of youth throughout, but it remains spontaneous and exciting. Numerous standout tracks including Buckets Of Fun, Vaudeville, and Friday Night Placebo, which entitce the ears with excellent song writing knack and capabilities. Then there are the tracks which soar to even higher heights. Hexagons And Other Fun Materials is one example, and Midnight Jingle (with its Intro) is the other.
"I love the dumb Intros to songs like Steal My Sunshine by Len, and Weezer's The Sweater Song, where they're just making stuff up and setting the scene. I could not pass up the idea of doing a banter skit by myself"
Midnight Jingle is the stand-out track on Ed buys Houses. Its comedic Intro, catchy bass and guitar riffs, plus the fact that it is so damn sing-along-able; it adds up to make a flagship recording on the album. Maybe it's something in Gish's voice, or maybe it's the beauty in simplicity, but you can't help but think that she has got this song writing thing down to the ground. Then she sings the words "single last minute little jingle". It's all complete; and all of this with a few instuments, a voice, and a Garage Band App! Like many young artists, the fact that the sound of Gish's late teenage years comes from a bedroom recording is incredible .