IAN SWEET – “Hiding” Video

IAN SWEET released one of the best albums of 2016 with their debut, Shapeshifter, and today the Band To Watch — which is once again Jilian Medford’s solo project, as it was when she started it in her bedroom in Boston — has announced their sophomore album. It’s called Crush Crusher and will be out in October.

It was recorded with Gabe Wax at the Rare Book Room studios in Brooklyn. “Coming into a space where some of my biggest inspirations like Bjork, Dirty Projectors, and Deerhunter had all once also recorded, I felt determined to push myself and test every boundary that I may have subconsciously created along the way,” Medford said in a press release. “Gabe made me feel comfortable with attempting anything.”

Lead single “Hiding” is a kaleidoscopic burst of noise that swirls around Medford’s repeated declaration of “I forgot myself in you.” It takes the interpersonal push-and-pull that was present on Shapeshifter and blows it up to an even grander scale, with chaotic swells that sound like eating too much candy. Here’s what she told The Fader about the track:

‘Hiding’ is a song I wrote for myself to be reminded to never get consumed with anything to the point of forgetting about my own needs. It is something I long for, to be confident in the things that make me, me. The song opens with convincing myself that it is ok to hide [or] shy away from situations when really I should never have to convince myself of anything other than what, just feels good. This is my admittance to losing and forgetting something to someone else, but demanding to take it back.

Listen and watch an Alix Spence-directed music video for it below.

01 “Hiding”
02 “Spit”
03 “Holographic Jesus”
04 “Bug Museum”
05 “Question It”
06 “Crush Crusher”
07 “Falling Fruit”
08 “Borrowed Body”
09 “Ugly/Bored”
10 “Your Arms Are Water”

10/18 Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room #
10/20 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill #
10/22 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios #
10/23 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret #
10/24 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern #
10/25 Boise, ID @ The Olympic #
10/26 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court #
10/27 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive #
10/29 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry #
10/30 Chicago @ Subterranean #
11/01 Toronto, ON @ The Drake #
11/02 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place #
11/03 Boston, MA @ Sonia # ^
11/05 Brooklyn, NY @ Park Church Co-op # ^
11/06 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s # ^
11/07 Washington, DC @ Union Stage #
11/08 Durham, NC @ The Pinhook #
11/09 Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight #
11/10 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn #
11/11 Orlando, FL @ 11Eleven Fest
11/12 Tallahassee, FL @ The Wilbury #
11/13 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa #
11/14 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall #
11/15 Dallas, TX @ Three Links #
11/16 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk #
11/19 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar #
11/20 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar #
# w/ Young Jesus
^ w/ Sean Henry

Crush Crusher is out 10/26 via Hardly Art. Pre-order it here.