by Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)
SadBad! Finally someone has created a word to describe how so many of us are feeling on a day to day basis. Sometimes a bit sad, sometimes a bit bad, sometimes a combination of the two. Izzy True named their sophomore album SadBad, a record that takes the sound of their debut and expands into new territory. Due out on August 3rd via Don Giovanni Records, the album takes True's earnest lyricism and adds some twang, confessional sparseness, bursts of jazzy jubilance, and emotional beauty that's both optimistic and heartbreaking. Themed with death, break-ups, and the end of the world, you might not believe there's much optimism to be found, but True works hard to find that comfort in the darkness. There's a lot of moods and dynamic songwriting throughout SadBad, a terrific growth of all that was already great about Izzy True's music.
The first single and title track, "SadBad" captures an Americana spirit to True's usual heartbreaking pop. It's a passionate and soulful track, built on a slow and dusty progression that just rolled in with the breeze. True's voice is soft but powerful, quietly proclaiming "you can't stay" before the repetition of "it's the wrong time". The song's guitar twin melodies intertwine with a jangle and harmonic warmth, the perfect compliment to the relaxed rhythm and True's gorgeous Angel Olsen reminiscent voice. Joined together by Angela Devivo, Kyra Skye with guest appearances from Sheer Mag’s Kyle Seely and Curt Oren, Izzy True and company have made a record that only gets better with every listen.
Izzy True's SadBad is out August 3rd via Don Giovanni Records.