12" Record. Loser Edition Coloured Vinyl.
With New Misery, his first solo record after the dissolution of Smith Westerns, former frontman Cullen Omori falls into that latter category. He’s been upfront about wanting the album to sound like a more singles-friendly version of his old band, but any radio readiness in Smith Westerns came from the interplay of his rafter-exploring voice and the pointed guitar work of Max Kakacek. On songs like “Weekend” and “Varsity”, there was a tension between the realism of the solos and the sonic daydream of the vocals — pastel gunpowder that floated in the air, then colorfully exploded once the two elements fully mixed.