Release Date: Oct 8, 2013
Record label: Saddle Creek Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
Maybe songwriting doesn’t come easy to Tim Kasher. With an even dozen releases sprinkled across the last 15 years between his bands Cursive and the Good Life, as well as his solo material, he makes it seem that way. But his prolific output has always been a bittersweet pill to swallow, what with so much hellish introspection, so many broken hearts and such a defeatist disposition.
Consumed with mortality, infidelity, and coming to terms with expectations and their unparalleled realities, you may expect Tim Kasher's latest solo album to be full of morose, droning songs. The subject matter may be dark and thoughtful, but this is no Cass McCombs. Tim Kasher, who also fronts both Cursive and The Good Life, has a knack here for turning murky subjects into full-on bombastic rockers.
The propulsive, less opulent, electro-pop counterpart to 2010's theatrical Game of Monogamy, Adult Film, the second solo outing (2011's Bigamy: More Songs from the Monogamy Sessions aside) from ex-Cursive frontman Tim Kasher, mines much of the same emotional territory as his debut. Kasher's predilection toward self-analysis is as prominent as it has been since his tenure with Cursive, though these days the 39-year-old Nebraskan is less focused on the pains of the present and more concerned with the missteps of the past and the potential miseries of the future. Musically, Adult Film is a smorgasbord of pop ephemera, with melodies crashing about like boozy butterflies, occasionally landing on an idea and then leaping back into the blue in search of less restrictive stimuli.
Tim Kasher has played the role of the tortured artist better than just about anyone for the past 18 years. For millennials weened on Saddle Creek’s overwhelmingly strong early output, Kasher might be considered a poet laureate. The hyper-literate Kasher has always had a knack for making sense of the emotions that sap us of words, applying a signature wit and snark to an oeuvre of disarmingly honest music that always comes with a unique sonic twist to match the loquacity.
Tim KasherAdult Film(Saddle Creek)Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5 “What if I had married and had kids?” wonders Tim Kasher on “A Raincloud is a Raincloud,” from Adult Film. Well, then he wouldn’t be Tim Kasher. Though never a family man – or a matinee idol like long-time Saddle Creek label mate Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes – the 39-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist has made a modest career of his own romantic and artistic crises of faith.
Tim Kasher needs no one else. At least for the batch of songs he calls Adult Film. The latest solo release from the 39-year-old songwriter is his second go-around under his own name. When an artist steps out under a new umbrella, the songs are always to blame. For Kasher, he’s done this before ….