Slaughter Beach, Dog (Jake Of Modern Baseball)
Streams “Forever” via American Songwriter
Welcome Out September 30th on Lame-O Records
1. Mallrat Semi-Annual
2. Toronto Mug
4. Bed Fest
7. Politics Of Grooming
9. Toronto Mug II
10. Essex Street
Consider the musical geography of the region: there are pastoral corners, where “Politics of Grooming” whispers third-person omniscience as thin guitars slide and pluck. “Drinks” finds itself primed for the town’s bar jukebox, where Ewald’s alt-country tendencies slink away from safety. Other tracks are illuminated by a city skyline, where the radio-rock “Monsters” bends and folds under the weight of an evening loaded with self-sabotage. “Bed Fest,” returning from 2014’s Dawg EP, clocks in around that night’s 3 a.m., with quieter admissions of interpersonal guilt lingering longer than the concluding vocal overdubs accompanying them.
Many of the tracks on Welcome find people struggling to find answers, but Ewald answers to no one but himself. This debut LP was entirely self-produced, recorded and performed: an act of escapism and individual growth outside his tight-knit day job. Slaughter Beach, Dog finds Ewald wandering through multiple head spaces to emerge with his own inner sanctum confidently reinvigorated. And that’s welcome.