I’ve been chewing on this one for a few weeks now, and I’m not exactly sure why, but the debut single of Alex Kasznel & the Board of Directors from Cincinnati, Ohio continues to fascinate me. Landlocked is a heartfelt lamentation about contemporary America (“If there’s a reason I should stay // You’re gonna have to show me”), sung poetry with sparse musical accompaniment that could erupt at any moment (which it doesn’t). Victoria is a guitar-driven indie rock track about more personal love and heartbreak, with equally clever lyrics (“Tori, you’re always haunting me // Can’t get you to fade from memory”). Goosebumps, right?
Landlocked is out now digitally and on CD through Air Quotes Records.
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