reviewed by Anna Alger
During a time when women in the arts are becoming increasingly vocal about abuse they have experienced, you have to hand it to Jen Sėvertson, the artist behind Victoria’s Peach Pyramid, for revealing her latest project to the world: one which she created while processing and healing from her own trauma.
Sėvertson describes the album as a record “[written] in tears from [her] living room.” Its juxtaposition of happy-go-lucky guitar pop and lyrics which express the frustration of being trapped in a cycle of abuse is most evident on “Polarized”; “When I walked through the flames / I guess I didn’t feel a thing / But now I’m feeling strange,” her lilting voice sings through the chorus, jangly guitars belying the serious subject matter.
The album’s production is smooth, heard in the synth outro of “Repeating Myself,” followed by an effortless transition into “Truth.” Sėvertson excels at melancholy, her innate sense of melody essential to the album. Whether in the key changes of album standout, “Getting Cold,” or the delicate introduction of “My Collapse,” the listener can feel Sėvertson’s vision permeate this record. Repeating Myself has been laboured out of strife to create an honest, warm, and necessary collection of songs.
As the album comes to a close, Sėvertson provides the one-two hit of “We Glide / She Sighs” and “Wool,” the former a coastal lullaby which features some of her best lyrics: “If you find a minute to land, steady out your heart inside your hands.” “Wool” starts out musically upbeat, jaunty bass and drums in the verses ascending into a wall of guitar melodies through the chorus – cowbell and angsty soloing providing a left turn before the track is elevated once again.
With Repeating Myself, Jen Sėvertson has made her mark on the Pacific Northwest music scene, which is lucky to have her. The album feels as necessary for herself personally as it does for the listener, a revealing songwriting decision. These are beautiful pop songs which don’t shy away from the injustice and difficulty of her experience.
Top Tracks: “Getting Cold,” “We Glide / She Sighs,” “Wool”
Rating: Hunting Call (Excellent) + *swoop*