JAM THE TRACKS WHILE YOU READ
"GREAT ADD YOU SAUCY MINX" - BEN
THE CORDIAL SINS
JUNE 20TH, 2023
The one-two dreampop punch of The Cordial Sins opening two tracks sets the stage for Small Talk, an ebullient elixir of an album. Flirting with the more controlled elements of shoegaze, the less distorted grind of 90s grunge, Liz Fisher’s vocals are pristine and float and flicker above the flame like a Cranberries musical moth. There is certainly more melody than cacophony, yet enough oomph to appease the guitar groove aficionados. This is the kind of record that deserves your attention. Because it’s the kind of record that can so easily get lost in the slurry of new releases pawned off to the public ear sphere.
“Reach” and “Sugarcoat” do due diligence by bringing the listener in. They say come here and sit a spell, I’ve got a couple tunes for you. I want to share them. Let’s be friends. Because like old and new friends, there’s something familiar about these songs. In fact, the whole album plays at that déjà vu kind of delight. There is certainly nothing earth shattering going on with these tracks. Just solid songs with solid production and solid professional players doing their thing. And THAT’s what makes the constituent parts coalesce into 33 minutes of head nodding joy. Liz sings: “It goes on like small talk in the bathroom line / no need to sugarcoat what people can’t deny.”
You soon won’t be able to deny that over the course of 9 songs there will be plenty more treats on offer. Like the drum & bass beginning of “Dog Days” with Liz’s haunting violin and Corey Dickerson’s guitars and programming. The Breeders-esque beat and grind of “Isolation” with catchy simple synth pops. The slow build of “Run Right Back” with its repetitive title refrain and Liz’s voice which–this deep into the album–you’ve since fallen in love with. It should be noted there is nothing sinful about The Cordial Sins. Here is an album all heartfelt. So indulge. As I said at the beginning, it’s an ebullient elixir. Cherry cordial not included.
- TRENT RYAN SMITH