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Psy­chic Ma­te­ri­als

As if her melo­di­ous voice, emo­tive lyrics and song­writ­ing weren’t be­guil­ing enough, Casey Me­cija has re­leased her solo de­but Psy­chic Ma­te­ri­als with GIF art­work el­e­ments, too. Ev­ery song pulses with vis­ual life to the beat of mem­o­ries, mys­tery and love, and the po­etry that so many Oh­bi­jou fans have missed is wo­ven through­out. Psy­chic Ma­te­ri­als is an at­mo­spheric saga that en­velops the senses with gui­tar, synths, per­cus­sion and vi­olin. Al­though the essence of pre­vi­ous group work comes through (the al­bum fea­tures fre­quent mu­si­cal con­trib­u­tors Jeff DeButte, Heather Kirby, Anissa Hart and Me­cija’s sis­ter Jenny) on tracks like “Palms Lose” and “Condo City,” this elec­tro-pop de­liv­ery is much more per­sonal — no doubt the prod­uct of Me­cija writ­ing the en­tire al­bum alone. The open­ing verse on “Busted Heel” fea­tures a phone-recorded demo of pi­ano and al­ter­nate lyrics that lend the song in­ti­macy, and the ex­cel­lent “Gonna Gun” finds its fi­nal form here af­ter be­ing re­leased three years ago by Warm Myth, the pro­ject of Me­cija and DIANA’s Kieran Adams. But it’s on “Sounds That Mark Our Words” that the al­bum reaches

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