EP Premiere/Review: Blushed’s ‘I Love You So Much It Hurts’

Blushed

I Love You So Much It Hurts

(goodhowareyou records)

It’s Valentine’s Day, and we’re excited to share the appropriately timed and love crazed EP from Philadelphia garage pop band Blushed, I Love You So Much It Hurts.

When speaking on the group’s first set of tunes since their 2018 So Cool split with Secret Nudist Friends, even love crazed might not do it justice. Recall Best Coast’s famous/infamous 2010 debut LP Crazy For You, a hooky set of simple, single-minded songs that, over time, blurred the lines between cute, innocent romance and unhealthy, unsettling obsession (if you turn your ear a certain way). I Love You So Much It Hurts possesses similar energy, while also featuring several admirable qualities that distinguish itself from Crazy For You: brevity, diversity, and kitsch.

 

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Blushed (photo credit: Deb Gilmore)

While a good portion of I Love You So Much It Hurts’ lyrical content falls into what could probably be considered ‘yandere territory’, the songwriting itself is less interested in settling into a pattern. Missy Pidgeon’s sweet and soft candy heart confessions are doled out at a judicious pace in the form of a ballad on the opening title track, so that when its darker shadow reveals itself, it sneaks up on you (“But then you’re making it worse / ‘Cause you don’t know what you say is driving me crazy”). “ILYSM (It Hurts)” is weepingly, gloriously melodramatic, much in the fashion of an angsty teen movie hinting ever so subtly at a genre shift.

“Johnny” sees that shift through from young romance to ‘young romance gone horribly wrong’ as we soak in Blushed’s campy slasher bloodbath. Menacing, plodding chords define heavy verses juxtaposed with gentle and coy throwback doo-wop passages, the latter far more disturbing as Pidgeon whipsers “Johnny, I’m sorry / But I was so mad when I saw you with her”, gutting him like a fish and proceeding to slaughter the “her” in question as she cries out for Johnny and screams for her life. The presentation is so over-the-top, however, that what reads as horrifying in theory is gleeful fun in practice. “Freak Out”, as might be expected from its title, similarly explores aspects of emotional turmoil bubbling up and coming to a head. It’s perhaps less flamboyant, though any song featuring a two-minute-long Kim Gordon-esque hushed rant of nihilistic musings on social ills culminating in said “freak out” could hardly be called restrained.

What really pulls the package together though is its resolution. After steeping itself in frustration, anxiety, and turmoil, I Love You So Much It Hurts closes on an energetic surf rock instrumental in “Cowboys Make Do”, followed immediately by bouncy lead single “Finally Enjoying My Life”, which re-contextualizes past tracks and their inspirations as something to take seriously, but not too seriously, as relationship troubles become targets of sardonic wit and are mutated into a source of entertainment.

Blushed’s full debut may not be a pure rush, but it sure is sugary and leaves us craving more. I Love You So Much It Hurts is like a small, cutely decorated box of dark chocolates: here’s hoping we don’t have to wait two more years for another serving.

 

You can stream Blushed’s I Love You So Much It Hurts below:

 

Favorite tracks: “Johnny”, “Finally Enjoying My Life”

 

Rating: Recommended

 

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‘I Love You So Much It Hurts’ cassettes, t-shirts, and Blushed buttons

 

Blushed’s ‘I Love You So Much It Hurts’ is out now via goodhowareyou records, digital and cassette, and is available to purchase here. Be sure to follow Blushed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the band.

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