KATIE VON SCHLEICHER
FULL TIME HOBBY, OUT NOW Brooklyn singer-songwriter talks herself down.
In the nicest way possible, the title says everything about Katie Von Schleicher’s follow-up to 2015’ s Bleaksploitation. Shitty Hits is a record of fragile ego and poor circumstance, yet its meditations on doubt and despair are realised with space-filling grandeur. Unvarnished drums and piano and fuzzy guitars stand in for the LA session smoothness these songs would merit in a parallel universe, while choruses could be Carly Simon on a budget of back-ofthe-sofa coins, or market knock-off Rufus Wainwright. It’s pop opulence with the wires sticking out the back, high-end songwriting with a coat of lead paint, but those flaws and fixes gives Shitty Hits a compelling outsider edge.
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