Artsick - Fingers Crossed
Artsick was formed in June 2018 when Christina Riley was feeling "artsick" and writing songs, but missing the inspiration and excitement of collaborating with her old band, Burnt Palms. Christina was soon joined by Mario Hernandez (Kids On A Crime Spree, Ciao Bella) on drums and Donna McKean (Lunchbox, Hard Left) on bass, and a band was born.
Fingers Crossed, their 2022 debut album surveys the vast swathe of indie and indiepop history, from DIY progenitors like Dolly Mixture through the punkier side of C86 (think Talulah Gosh, Fat Tulips) to the 90s K Records-centred International Pop Underground (Tiger Trap, Heavenly) and straight through more recent exemplars like Vivian Girls and Colleen Green, and all of it coated in a West Coast sunshine-pop nonchalance.
Christina says that she was "always been drawn to fuzzy guitars, melodies with emotion and songs with urgency" and that is readily apparent on every moment of this excellent album.
Ghost of Myself
Living A Lie
Dealing with Tantrums
Ship Has Sailed
- US import
- Limited-edition LP, pressed on light-blue vinyl, available exclusively from independent stores
- CD housed in gatefold jacket with 4mm spine
- LP housed in reverse-board jacket and contains download coupon
also available on Slumberland Records:
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Papercuts - Parallel Universe Blues LP | CD
The Umbrellas - The Umbrellas LP | CD
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