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Tim Kasher – singer/guitarist for bands Cursive and The Good Life – returns in early-2017 with his third solo album No Resolution. Known for pushing musical boundaries throughout his career – whether he's switching up sounds between his bands and solo LPs, crafting intricate concept albums (two of which – Cursive's 2003 LP The Ugly Organ and 2012 LP I Am Gemini – featured play-like stage directions), or transforming songs originally conceived as a soundtrack for his self-penned screenplay into a standalone album (The Good Life's 2007 release Help Wanted Nights) – No Resolution is the natural continuation of Kasher's constantly evolving body of work.
It is his most cinematic creation, a moving and cathartic collection of soundscapes that feels more like a suite of movements than a standard pop album, complete with instrumental breaks conjoining the nine songs. Fittingly, the 15 pieces will be featured in Kasher's directorial debut film of the same name, which he also wrote, to be released later in 2017. Across the album's strong story, the characters – an engaged couple on the brink of a break up – grapple with the specific and the broad, including the restlessness of adulthood and smothering external pressures; relationships in various states of transition and the walls built within them; distrust, indecision, and despair; and the existential anxiety that drives a deep need to leave a mark on the world.
No Resolution was written throughout 2013-15 and recorded at The Hobby Shop (with Andrew ‘Mudrock' Murdock) and at Kasher's home in Los Angeles, CA, the Shape Shoppe in Chicago, IL (with Nick Broste), and at ARC Studios in Omaha, NE (with Ben Brodin). Filled with lush arrangements that include piano, vibraphone, organ, trumpet, synths, and various strings, the album is some of the most beautiful and finely orchestral music from Kasher, yet it is also his most subdued and understated work.