If This Isn’t Nice, I Don’t Know What Is by Still Woozy album review by Adam Fink for Northern Transmissions

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Still Woozy

If This Isn’t Nice, I Don’t Know What Is

“You wouldn’t last a day in my brain/You’d probably go insane/You’d probably never be the same again”. This is a sentiment. One that we maybe could all agree on? It’s a little jarring to hear right off the top of the full length album from Still Woozy aka Sven Gamsky, a bedroom pop producer from Oakland, California who has put out numerous singles and EPs that have placed him on the top of the recent cultural conversations.

The search for love and acceptance is something that we all struggle with and Sven has a way of cutting to the chase. His new album, If This Isn’t Nice, I Don’t Know What Is, is perfectly analogous. Fittingly released in the dog days of summer when the name of the act feels suitably suiting, the wavy tracks that make up the record, extremely earnest, with enough distance to be coolly relatable is an irresistible combination. Clearly talented with an inherent way of cutting through the bullshit, If This Isn’t Nice, I Don’t Know What Is is something that everyone would spend some time with.

Right off the top with the aforementioned “Woof” and its heartbreakingly honest chorus, that hits hard, coupled with Gamsky’s accomplished playing and mixing, makes for something that feels more honest than most have been in recent times. Musically, the record is stutter stepping around colourful synths and the occasionally aggressive guitar and complete with drum breaks that will keep you dancing. “That’s Life” fulfils the promise of romantic nostalgia, something that everyone has struggled with. Gamsky has said this is his attempt to make peace with life’s inconsistencies and, with its filtered out drums and Rhodes piano, it’s a pretty bittersweet and, relatively, relatable conceit. “Drake” may be the most subdued song on the record. Its acoustic guitar and rim clicks on the snare, coupled with the chorus’s lyrics, “All I want is to be happy/All I want is to be happy/All I want, all I want is love”, it’s sublimely simple.

Still Woozy has made a perfect record for the tail end of the hottest summer of our lives. Something that recognizes the emotions inherent in the honesty that we avoid most of the time. It’s cathartic while also being something that you could put on to make any party start to bop and that is a wonderfully special debut that anyone, from anywhere, can relate to.

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