Izzy True – ” New Fruit “

Posted: June 10, 2021 in MUSIC

Izzy True is also slowly learning to be gentle. Formed in upstate NY in 2015, Izzy True is a rock band of yearning currently based in Chicago, IL. The project has gone through many line-ups over the years, always led by Izzy Reidy (guitar, vocals). These days, Reidy is joined by their friends Sam Goldstein (drums), and Curtis Oren (bass, sax, flute).

I always think about that episode of It’s Always Sunny where Charlie reveals that he’s never had a pear before. It’s a plot point that reinforces the ferality of his character, but I feel like the way the gang (as well as the audience) reacts to this information also illustrates the way people react when you tell them, say, you’ve never listened to OK Computer all the way through before—viewing it as some sort of sociopathic trait rather than an opportunity to encourage someone to enjoy something new relatively late in their lives. It’s this sense of ecstasy that’s captured in Izzy True’s “New Fruit,” whether the subject matter of the song is actually fruit or any other life experience (you know, like wielding a cool new sword for the first time, possibly to dice up some of those new fruits). I’m fully onboard for the wholesome grunge revival.  the pacing of Izzy True’s song writing process has slowed down since their prior Don Giovanni releases — Sadbad (2018) and Nope (2016). Arranging with Curtis and Sam, Reidy says they’ve grown as musicians together, and their songs were given space to grow,

Recorded in Rock Island, IL at Rozz-Tox, a well-loved bar and music venue in the humble Midwest. Recorded and mixed by Ian Harris on reel-to-reel, Izzy True’s tunes returned to tape after Sadbad, which was digitally produced. The record utilizes the talents of Chicago music friends Jess Shoman (Tenci) on backup vocals and Andrew Clinkman (Spirits Having Fun) on lead guitar on “Four Good Ponies”. Recorded in the months before the pandemic, January and February 2020, which can feel obvious (“I don’t wanna hang out for a thousand years”) and subtle. The authentic limitations of reel-to-reel tape recordings give this project the aura of a time when live music was possible.

In Our Beautiful Baby World, Izzy True creates ups and downs of instrumental chaos and intimate vocals, often asking vulnerable questions (“are you mad at me?”) to feel like we are in close proximity. Leading into big guitars, crashing drums, and gnarly bari-saxophone, this mixture of sounds imitates shifts in interpersonal lives, deep breaths, ticking time. There’s a closing of a bedroom door and flopping down on the bed, the world zinging in your heart, or galloping away on a horse as a grand exit from an emotional experience. 

Releases July 2nd, 2021

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