Katie Von Schleicher - Shitty Hits LP
Label: Ba Da Bing
Katie Von Schleicher's Bleaksploitation was an accident, years in the making. While interning at Ba Da Bing Records, owner Ben Goldberg offered to release a cassette of anything of hers, demos or a live performance, but she took it a bit more seriously than Goldberg intended. The result was her first self-produced and engineered effort, a strange, hazy, pop-laden tape. Doing her own press under a pseudonym and referring to it as an "album," it garnered enough attention for it to be released on vinyl in Spring 2016.
On her debut full-length, Von Schleicher strikes again on the magic that comes from her warped and uncompromising sound. Shitty Hits channels the bright, sunny radio burners of the 1970s - carefree songs you drive to and melancholy songs you can cry to. From start to finish, this album confronts isolation and powerlessness — it doesn't tackle grandiosity, but mediocrity: the struggle of being deeply flawed and unmistakably human.