Q (UK) - - Q Review New Albums - VIC­TO­RIA SE­GAL

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.

Lis­ten To: Mid­sum­mer | Para­noia | Noth­ing

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