Bay area indie pop trio Artsick announces debut LP for Slumberland and shares the video for lead single ‘Despise’. Fingers Crossed will arrive on January 21, 2022.
Recorded over the course of a year with Tim Brown (Lunchbox, Hard Left), Artsick’s debut album Fingers Crossed is a thrilling, compelling and downright fun record that surveys a vast swathe of indie and indiepop history; from DIY progenitors like Dolly Mixture through the punkier side of C86 (think Talulah Gosh, Fat Tulips) to the 90s K Records-centered International Pop Underground and straight through more recent exemplars like Vivian Girls and Colleen Green. It’s all brought to life by Christina Riley’s songwriting as she crafts tunes that are as new-sounding as they are timeless, full of melodic twists and sharp, honest lyrics.
A great example is lead-off single ‘Despise’ — a feedback-laden kiss-off that could be some long-lost punk classic, all handclaps, crunching power chords and attitude.
Across its 11 songs Fingers Crossed is packed with great songs and memorable moments, indelible melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Artsick have artfully and ably created an album that easily slots into the canon of great indie records that they’re inspired by, while staking out their own very unique spot in the current scene. Christina says that she was “always been drawn to fuzzy guitars, melodies with emotion and songs with urgency” and that is readily apparent on every moment of Fingers Crossed.
03. Look Again
04. Ghost of Myself
05. Living A Lie
06. Dealing With Tantrums
07. Stress Bomb
08. Ship Has Sailed
10. Be OK