Written by Carolyn Ambrosich (she/they)
On “The It”, Weeze has created a beautifully melancholic and nostalgic space in which the listener is invited to reflect and let their mind drift over motifs of acoustic guitar, voice samples, and ambient melodies. The first track, (Me), begins with a gentle but structured guitar riff and a sort of percussion synthetic inhale. It is intermixed with reflective melodies, and spaced out samples of voices, it feels as though one is floating in a memory. Toward the end of the track we hear Weeze’s voice for the first time saying, “I waited too long to look into the mirror. Now I am looking at too much to take in”. The line reverberates a sentiment felt throughout the record, one of delayed reflection and feeling that there are many lingering questions to be answered.
‘Growth in Every which way’, is a transitional track that begins with a guitar being tuned, and glides into acoustic guitar lines with percussive voice sound samples littered throughout, reminiscent of The Books. At the end of the track, we are left with the sounds of birds, calling in a felt moment of peace and calm.
In keeping with the themes explored throughout this record the final track, The It, begins with an guitar loop that repeats over the build of glittering electronic bubbles. The track feels comforting, peaceful, and reminiscent of a warm memory from childhood, or a past lover. Samples of voices are sprinkled throughout, but there is one moment that particularly stands out. It is of a voice saying, “I was at the market sir and I wanted to see if there was anything you desired”. Amongst the contemplative nature of this record, the question of what one desires is an interesting one. We find Weeze pondering these questions as they reflect on where they have found themselves at this time. As the listener, we are invited to ponder these questions alongside Weeze.
To accompany the record, Weeze draws the image of a human-like figure seated in the corner of a room. There is a lamp emanating light on the figures knee as they look down at it, a small kite is tethered to their toe, and their mouth is full of scribbles. It feels as though this image is a combination of reflection, illumination, and uncertainty which are all sentiments we find in “The It”.
Written by Carolyn Ambrosich