Cheekface, Cheekface, Cheekface. Here we are again as the trio of Greg Katz, Amanda Tannen and Mark Edwards return with another song that knowingly smiles at the bitter-sweet stuff of life. ‘Wedding Guests’ speaks perfectly to the experience of the time we spend between delivery room and funeral home. Lyrically, Katz cracks funnies to express…
It’s these touches – the nuanced little asides that speak to Rosie Tuckers attention to the finer points. A small slice of genius.
Many attempt this tonal approach, and many fail. Ramonda Hammer never fall short of themselves, and their ambition is articulated better than most.
Cheekface is a band that appears to have no concern for winning. They simply want to play a beautiful game. The paradox, of course, is that by playing a beautiful game they win. In that regard Therapy Island is a flawless victory.
“I know for certain, that certainty comes at a cost.” Rosie Tucker shrugs off lines that most other songwriters elevate with pretense. She represents her view with conversational ease. She’s almost dismissive of her smarts. But wait. Along with the ability to gently put light onto subjects the artist also leans herself into volume, range,…
Fuck you, Cheekface, and your fucking perfect song. Other people should try and write songs as timely as this ‘Here I Was’ because it’s this kind of beauty..
S.T.O.P. B.E.L.I.E.V.I.N.G. – just the kind of natural poetry that makes Cheekface the least contrived, most compelling noisemakers.
A line like this, a device like this, a track like this, makes Cheekface one of the most interesting, moving bands we can dance to, or eat donuts with.
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The Half Turn, the sophomore album from yOya is the work of a band that know the power of darkness, but who choose to carry themselves lightly.