Jilian Medford is releasing her sophomore Ian Sweet record, Crush Crusher, at the end of the month. Today the recently-Los Angeles-relocated artist shares the colossal third single off the album, “Holographic Jesus." It follows August’s “Hiding” and last month’s “Spit” and shows Medford’s growth since her 2016 debut Shapeshifter.
“Holographic Jesus” is a song based around collecting holographic Jesus posters from various bodegas and dollar stores while living in Brooklyn,” says Medford of the song. “I am in no way religious but I hung them up all over my room and was constantly finding the nuances and idiosyncrasies of each one. You could turn your head the slightest and see an entirely different image reflected. I felt connected to that idea. Some people collect ceramic frogs or action figures but I collect holographic Jesus posters. This song is about the things I went through in that room while these posters were so to speak ‘watching over me.’”
The album was recorded in Brooklyn’s historic Rare Book Room Studio. “Coming into a space where some of my biggest inspirations like Björk, Dirty Projectors, and Deerhunter had all once also recorded, I felt determined to push myself and test every boundary that I may have subconsciously created along the way,” recalls Medford of the recording experience. “[Producer and engineer Gabe Wax] made me feel comfortable with attempting anything.”
Crush Crusher is out October 26 via Hardly Art. Ian Sweet will play the Sunset Tavern on Wednesday, October 24 with Young Jesus. Listen to “Holographic Jesus” below.
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