Fresh off of a UK tour alongsideAldous Harding,Katie Von Schleicherhas premiered her latest single, “Sell it Back,” viaNPR Music’s“All Songs Considered,”who describe the track as “a bed of warped and magical sounds.” Taken from her self-produced and co-engineered debut full-length album,Shitty Hits, outJuly 28thonBa Da Bing, Von Schleicher is confronting feelings of isolation and powerlessness. She is not tackling grandiosity, but mediocrity; the struggle of being deeply flawed and unmistakably human.
“I wrote ‘Sell It Back’ on a quiet spring evening, windows open, at the piano. When I got to the refrain, I felt better. The chords open up and the tension releases. I’m vulnerable, asking ‘Do I hold my life?’ But the lyrics affirm a confidence I’ve just spent an album searching for, and they’ll guide me into the next one. –Katie Von Schleicher
Katie Von Schleicher’s previous release Bleaksploitation was an accident, years in the making. While interning at Ba Da Bing Records, owner Ben Goldberg suggested that she record a cassette for the label to release. It could be anything, 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,” Von Schleicher garnered enough attention for Bleaksploitation to see it released on vinyl in the spring of 2016.
Now on her full-length official debut release, Von Schleicher strikes again with the magic that comes from her warped and uncompromising sound. Shitty Hits channels the bright, sunny radio burners of the 1970’s – songs you drive to, carefree, and songs you can cry to.