Join us every Monday night for the Brooklyn artists Ian Sweet July residency!
“Julian Medford lives up her debut album’s name.” – Shapeshifter.
She has gone from embodying IAN as a solo dream-pop artist in the Boston DIY scene, to blossoming in Brooklyn from the trio IAN SWEET, then venturing back out on her own as a solo artist.
Ian Sweet’s enchanting indie pop is a push-pull between Medford’s ethereal and soothing vocals and the underlying message that drives it – anxiety.
While her songs dabble in the depths of anxiety creates, she acknowledges that there is worth in finding beauty in the little things. Noting that it’s those things you should hold onto “while your world is crashing in slow-motion around you.” For her, this meant dealing with depression and abusive relationships on top of everyday annoyances, like skating accidents and getting a cactus needle in your butt, but finding humor in it nonetheless.
Each project Medford has made has emerged itself from the growing pains of life. After moving to Los Angeles, her latest album Crush Crusher’s tunes are intimately lodged in themes regarding beauty, self-worth, and the weight of responsibility that comes with sacrificing your own well-being to take care of those in your orbit.
“I felt determined to push myself and test every boundary that I may have subconsciously created along the way,” says Medford. Crush Crusher is crystallized by its intention deal with issues head-on by ripping off the bandaid; it’s a lesson in owning one’s insecurities, an ode to self-awareness and a voyage through the fog of toxic relationships.
Come along for the ride and see Ian Sweet grow and get sweeter with every Monday night performance
July 1: Ian Sweet with Lomelda, Lauren Early, Gum Country at the Echo
July 8: Ian Sweet with Lunch Lady, Whitmer Thomas, Mo Dotti, DJ Clemdawg (Cherry Glazerr) at the Echo
July 15: Ian Sweet with amindi k. fro$t, Cryogeyser, Gal Pal the Echo
July 22: Ian Sweet with Momma, Eyeshadow, Necking at the Echoplex
All shows FREE and 21+
Watch the video for her latest single “Hiding”and listen to her special mix below: