GUSHH: GLUM DAISIES FOR WARTIME ARCHERS
“You know you changed/You know you’re not the same.”
When Joey Rubbish, who releases music under the solo project name GUSHH, sings out those lines during his song “Without You,” something painfully real is emitted. That kind of feeling is the essence of GUSHH’s debut LP, Glum Daisies For Wartime Archers.
The dreamy, 80s synth songs express common sensations in simple lyrics, though it is this act of not dressing up the songs’ meanings that makes them so impactful. There's no overdone wordplay or excessive metaphors that muddle the images, they are sung about as what they are, emphasizing an authenticity.
The 11 track LP pairs this kind of writing and almost monotone style singing with instrumentals that consume the listener, resulting in a record that could easily rock you to sleep or keep you up (depending on the day).
GUSHH’s production style, being that of vintage synthesizers and drum machines, is the kind of music that has a versatility to it and a nostalgic mood it can create.