July 31, 2012
The RCSN (recession) is Zach Schwartz, vocalist/guitar-puncher/song-writer extraordinaire of Glocca Morra. With this solo project, Zach shows some versatility by crafting bummed-out, lo-fi pop tunes in his bedroom. Rather than relying on sugary pop melodies like so many bands playing this kind of music, Zach builds his in layers, focusing on more complex melodies and progressions that are more angular in nature. The lo-fi production helps rather than hinders the songs, creating a varied palette of textures and tones. By writing solid pop tunes and ignoring many of the conventions that make this type of music seem boring (like, say, the overused surf rock aesthetic), RCSN has made bedroom pop seem fresh and interesting again.
Side Note: This tape is out on Ranch Records, which is ran by Sam Rudich. Yeah, like the Snowing song (Sam’s actually the guy holding the cat on the cover of Snowing’s full length). Sam’s on tour with Kite Party and Glocca Morra right now, and he’s a really great dude. Everyone on that tour is really great, for that matter. Go see the bands and buy some stuff from Sam. Like me, you could be pleasantly surprised by buying a release you’ve never heard of.