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IAN – HAVE YOU EVER LOVED ANYTHING THIS MUCH?

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Caked in layers of fuzz and bursting guitar effects, IAN creates a thick blaring sound on the five angry and sad and emotional tunes on “Have you ever loved anything this much?”. Experimenting with the most distinct elements from pop genres, the EP lands somewhere between dreamy bedroom pop and grungier punk pop, filled with distorted guitar and sporadic electronic sounds. Vocalist Jillian Medford’s voice also proves to be wild and versatile, distant and sad on some songs, but forceful and angry on others. The songs seem to embody the emotional rollercoasters of rejection or relationships or other sadness, both instrumentally and vocally mirroring this by switching between these quiet and slower moments and the louder, angrier ones. The song “born good” moves at a slower, steadier pace, punctuated with blasts of aggressive guitar noise that build the tension in the song. But the furious “yOu confuse me” that the album starts with comes in with frenzied instruments and vocals bent with an angry, distressed tone.  A lot of emotion in the songs is crafted from the prevalent fuzz of guitar throughout, whirring steadily in the background or punching in at the opportune moments. The release is a conglomerate of experimental sound scraps and emotions, all pieced together into a small sad world of bedroom pop.

To enjoy this set of sad girl theme songs, buy the EP or see an IAN show.

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