Anyone who has followed this site closely has probably caught me fretting over how I consume music - specifically, the idea of going so fast that I am, in effect, like a rock forever skipping across the surface of popular music. I’ll spare you the agonies, but this post launches a (fitful) project of going back to look at artists that, between the New to Me and Bins Project posts, I’ve profiled in the past. One part of that includes going back to tighten up the writing (a lot of gibberish), and to try to nail down a cleaner format/purpose on those posts, so that, ideally, I can write better, richer posts for this site going forward.
So…why’d I pick this artist, Speedy Ortiz, which happened to be Number 17 in the New to Me project? A lot of that had to do with Spotify connecting me to Sad13, the side project for Speedy Oritz front-person, Sadie Dupuis. As such, this post is as much about her as it is about Speedy Ortiz and Sad13. I’ll be closing with more programming notes/aspirations, but let’s take another look at Sadie Dupuis. And her many works.
“I can't and wouldn't want to make a record that speaks for everyone…”- Sadie Dupuis, Frontdemon, Speedy Ortiz, Sad13, plus some side shit
My original post connected to Dupuis took a long, surprisingly thorough look at Speedy Ortiz’s middle album, Foil Deer, by way of Foiled Again, the EP that featured “Death Note,” the song that introduced me to Speedy Ortiz. I liked the format I came up with for those New to Me posts and, personally, I rate that write-up as one of the better representations of what I want to accomplish with those. The “Gateway Drug” section, the part that reviews a single song, makes me put some thought into what I like about just one song, to dig into mechanics, lyrics and dynamics of what works for me in pop music. I rounded out those New to Me posts by looking at the album rest of the album(s) and the artist(s) who made them and, again, I didn’t often do it as well as I did with Speedy Ortiz/Foil Deer.
For this edition (and in a series I never even though to name…shit), I dug up more interviews - I have more in the original post as well - and that’s where I stumbled on the quote above. That gives a pretty decent shorthand, both for Dupuis’ approach to music and the kind of music and, the kind of art generally, that appeals to me (caveat lector). And, if you go back to that first post, you’ll see me toe a sloppy line between geeking out and losing my shit over Dupuis and Speedy Ortiz. With this post, I looked into the rest of her/their ever-exploding catalog (in one interview, she mentioned wanting to put out an album a year till she’s dead), with the focus on Speedy Ortiz’s most recent album, Twerp Verse, and Dupuis’ self-recorded solo album project, Sad13 (based on her twitter handle, for the record).