Jill Gewirtz is an artist from New York and she has a history of being involved with the community. Gewirtz recorded in the studio of Phillip Glass. She is in a songwriting collective and has had one of her songs entitled “What The Fuck” featured on the popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron. Her latest accomplishment To Amuse is an eleven song album.
This album down to the song structure and aesthetic sounds like it’s from New York. Gewirtz explains, “The album is a collection of driving songs, depicting the New York experience. The songs, sometimes funny, sometimes dark, takes us on a ride through Gewirtz' New York history of familiar thrift stores, F train and morning coffee rituals.” To my ears this album felt very mid- ’90s and I say that as a compliment. I was sometimes reminded of Liz Phair and a number of other like-minded artists.
The music is essentially rock with a side of folk but it's typically on the warmer side. I would say the main weapon of choice is the acoustic guitar which supports the vocals. There is some grit here and there but it never really lands into something I would consider hard rock.
The songs felt grounded, relatable and earthly. I thought the topics were universal especially to those who might live in a major city. Take for instance, “Next Boyfriend” which is a song that is very much relatable if you live in a major city. It mimics a similar topic The Doors touched on with “People Are Strange” but perhaps not as strange.
“Electric Guitars” is a fuzzy and fun single worthy song while “Tea” is more of a detailed step by step third person perspective observations of someone taking care of mundane tasks. Don’t sleep on “Coffee Situation” which is again more of a third person perspective observation and really catchy. “Snickers” seems to be an homage to old folk sing-alongs. It was one of my favorite tracks and I thought the vocal harmonies were great. There is this recorded conversation towards the end which sort of implies to me at least that this is just normal banter one would have in New York
This is a seamless and easy to appreciate release. Gewirtz really does a great job creating a cohesive experience where every song adds to the theme. Recommended.
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