Smile Machine — „Bye for Now“ EP (July 16, 2021)USA FLAG                                                                                     Smile Machine — „Bye for Now“ EP (July 16, 2021)
Jordyn Blakely (Stove, Bartees Strange, Maneka). Když mluvila o písni Shit Apple, Blakely nabídla legendu: „Název je inspirován úryvkem postavy Jima Laheye v pořadu „Trailer Park Boys“, kde říká: „Zasrané jablko nepadá daleko od posraného stromu.“ I když kontext citátu není stejný jako v epizodě, donutil mě přemýšlet o tom, když se o sebe emocionálně nebo mentálně nestaráte, nakonec se to vyvrhne do jiných částí vašeho života a lidí kolem vás . Řádek „vaše zkažená jablka mi pálí ústa“ odkazuje na nezdravý vztah nebo dynamiku, kde chodíte po skořápkách a máte pocit, že být sám sebou není přijatelné navzdory vaší snaze věci zlepšit.“
Jordyn Blakely je v současné době jedním z nejžádanějších bubenic v Brooklynu již více než deset let, artistka s velkým srdcem komunity. Výjimečná bubenice a skvělá přítomnost, léta ji viděli hrát v nesčetných skvělých kapelách od Night Manager, Butter The Children a Jackal Onasis to Stove, Maneka a naposledy jako součást hvězdné sestavy pro Bartees Strange. Zatímco tyto zkušenosti umožnily Blakely podílet se na psaní písní, dlouho jsme čekali na příležitost slyšet album, které je zcela její vlastní. Čekání je u konce. Smile Machine je sólový projekt Jordyn Blakely, reintrodukce, která čerpá z jejích minulých zkušeností a přetváří je ve vlastní vizi na jejím debutovém EP.
Location: Brooklyn, NYC
Album release: July 16, 2021
Record Label: Exploding In Sound Records
Duration:     16:59
Tracks:
1. Bone to Pick   2:28
2. Pretty Today   4:39
3. Snail S(h)ell   3:45
4. Stars   2:25
5. Shit Apple   3:42Jordyn BlakelyPersonnel:
Drums, bass, guitars, vocals by Jordyn Blakely
Keyboards on “Pretty Today” by Isabella Minigione
Lead guitars on “Pretty Today” engineered by Devin McKnight
Keyboards on “Snail S(h)ell” by Emma Witmer
Lead guitars on “Shit Apple” engineered by Devin McKnight and Jim Hill
Credits:
Produced and engineered by Dan Francia
Mixed by Nick Dooley
Mastered by Amar Lal
Art by Steve Hartlett and Jordyn
Layout by Brant Louck and Jordyn

Bye for Now Review by Fred Thomas.  Score: ★★★★ 
Jordyn Blakely’s tough but precise drumming and cloudy high~register vocals had already helped define multiple bands by the time she decided to step out solo under the name Smile Machine. Along with singing and drumming in bands like Stove and Jackal Onasis, Blakely added her talents both on~stage and on record to Bartees Strange, Maneka, and others. None of Blakely’s previous output is quite like the doomy yet dreamy shoegaze that appears on Smile Machine’s five~song debut EP Bye for Now. Though the music is made up of familiar shoegaze starting points — crashing drums, layers of distorted guitars, vocals that sound submerged in alien waters — the lo~fi quality of the production adds distance and mystery to songs that are already seeped in noisy melancholy.
There are traces of Bug~era Dinosaur Jr. in the cathartic screaming of album~opener “Bone to Pick,” but Blakely’s combination of reflective songwriting and washed~out production also holds traces of the Microphones’ misty existentialism and the muted dissatisfaction that lay at the core of the first Vivian Girls record. The understated and blurry “Pretty Today” is one of the EP’s best moments, refining Blakely’s bummed~out fuzz into a song that’s dynamic and subtly catchy. Gentle verses doused in feedback glide into melodic choruses and a floating segment carried by a strange flute~like synth line. Songs like this and the euphoric closing track “Shit Apple” take shoegaze standards to a new, unforeseen place.
Bye for Now‘s worn textures and beautifully chaotic turns come together to create a world of sound that’s warm, intimate, and strange. The record sounds broadcast directly from inside of Blakely’s groggy mind minutes after waking, with swirling sentiments of hope, wonder, and frustration intersecting. There aren’t a lot of acts that manage to improve on the often~utilized shoegaze template, but Smile Machine surprises and reinvents as the waves of noise rise and fall.
https://www.allmusic.com/album/bye-for-now-mw0003551232
CS: https://circuitsweet.co.uk/2021/06/smile-machine-shares-debut-single-shit-apple-new-album-bye-for-now-due-out-july-16th-via-exploding-in-sound-records/
BC: https://explodinginsoundrecords.bandcamp.com/album/bye-for-now
Label: http://www.explodinginsoundrecords.com/