Chicago quartet Ganser probe the futility of striving for self-growth during the chaos of our times for dark comedy and jagged sounds on their potent new LP, Just Look at That Sky.
Building on their dissociative disorder namesake, the album’s tone vacillated between frenzied and contemplative, probing on questions of communication, intimacy, and avoidance. On Just Look at That Sky, Ganser further explores the personal inner climate of uncertain times.
These are songs that never shy away from ugliness and confusion, that believe embracing the totality of the self sometimes means leaning into our dickish behaviour. In the past, some listeners have had trouble reconciling non-male voices with the sorts of topics Ganser writes about, but that comes to an end with Just Look at That Sky. Co-produced with Electrelane's Mia Clarke and engineer Brian Fox, this is an assured, fully realised triumph of a record from an art-punk band that’s figured out how to focus on making great art, even if everything else around them falls apart.
2. Self Service
4. Emergency Equipment and Exits
5. Told You So
7. Bad Form
8. [NO YES]
9. Bags For Life
RIYL: The Jesus Lizard, Sleater-Kinney, Protomartyr, Girl Band, Liars, Iceage, Throwing Muses.