Album Review: Show Me How You Disappear by IAN SWEET
Very Good, Based on 2 Critics
Pitchfork - 78 Based on rating 7.8/10
Jilian Medford started Ian Sweet in 2014 while studying at Berklee College of Music, and after graduating, she put together a band for the spiny, hushed songs she was writing. Her debut, 2016's Shapeshifter, moved with the same restlessness she brought to her singing, which shifted nimbly and unpredictably between belt and squeak. Her songs felt simple enough on the surface; brightly colored and acidic, they filtered the touchstones of a comfortable early-2000s childhood (skating, Michael Jordan, Nickelodeon Slime Time Live) through the brittle anxieties of 2010s early adulthood.
Los Angeles native Jilian Medford, who records and performs under the name IAN SWEET, has an incredibly soothing and angelic voice. While she's been compared to Charly Bliss' Eva Hendricks, her crystalline tone and breathy enunciation have an evocative timbre that makes her voice play like an instrument of its own. On Show Me How You Disappear, Medford oscillates jarringly between harsh whirliness ("My Favourite Cloud," "Show Me How You Disappear") and delicate, romantic imagery ("Dumb Driver," "I See Everything").