Mama, I’m Swollen
It seems like only yesterday that Cursive guitarist Tim Kasher was featured in GP for his album The Ugly Organ. In reality, though, that story appeared in the May 2003 issue (penned by our then managing editor Emily Fasten—hi Emily!). Kasher and company have recently released their eighth record, Mama, I’m Swollen, and it has a host of the quirky guitar lines and cool layering that Kasher excels at. “Donkeys” is a case study in guitar stratification, with beautiful acoustic picking, sparse electric notes, fizzly distorted chords, and effected blasts. Likewise in “Let Me Up,” he juxtaposes wahwah wiggles with steely stabs and pure sludge rock fuzz. Elsewhere he employs cool slide work, skiffle strumming, and rock chugging. Fans of the Smiths and the Cure will appreciate certain nods to those bands, but Kasher is his own guy, as evidenced by the fact that he’s one of the only players in history to rock a Gibson Corvus II as his main guitar (Google it and possibly see why). Saddle Creek.
— Matt Blackett