Lifted Licks: Sidney Gish, No Dogs Allowed
It's 2018 and while we've been covering the best of 2017 in this, our weekly column about excellent music to listen to while stoned, it's time for us to head off towards new music once again. One of the best albums of 2018 so far is this solid set of songs by Sidney Gish, a 20-year-old student with a whole lot of confidence and talent.
That's right -- Sidney Gish is only a 20-year-old student studying jazz guitar and the music business, but on this, her second full-length album, she sounds like she's far beyond her years. In terms of lyrical content, she echoes the tumblr from which she comes -- there are lots of fun in-jokes, plenty of self-deprecating digs (she attacks herself unnecessarily for mispronouncing Persephone as "purse-a-phone"), and even a song she wrote for a bunny.
Despite the (very charming) silliness, however, there's a whole lot of skill on display here, both in the songwriting and in the musicality. Sin Triangle is probably the album's closest thing to a single, and you can hear how great Gish is there, as she layers her voice up with lots of lush guitar rhythms, and even an old recording. Sophisticated Space is another amazing song -- Gish almost layers so much on the song that it threatens to fall apart, like a sandwich too full of different ingredients. It never does, though, and when she rolls into the hook, her enthusiasm at making fun tunes will bring you right along.
It's crazy that someone so young is putting out an album this good, but we all get to enjoy it anyway. Gish is a real talent, smart enough to know how good she is, but young enough to not take herself too seriously. This is a great album to pair with an excellent sativa, but really, it's a lot of fun to listen to no matter what your level of sobriety. We would say to look out for what amazing stuff Gish will make in the future, but she's already making it here, ready to enjoy anyway.
No Dogs Allowed is available on Bandcamp, or on the streaming service of your choice. Enjoy!