Superstitions of the Sky – Things Said in Passing

Superstitions of the Sky
Things Said in Passing

Josh Jakubowski and Kevin Hardy are Superstitions of the Sky. Their debut, Things Said in Passing, features the acoustic duo grappling with guitars and emo songs about you and I. Safe to say that an album in which every song with vocals contains (subject a) you just having dumped, broken up, or something similar with (subject b) is going to be considered emotional. Is it difficult to write a song without those two words defining the subjects involved? Many indie-rock bands today would say “yes” and agree that this is indeed a lyrical pit fall subjecting them to an immediate genre classification by lowbrow critics like myself.

Avoiding lyrics all together by playing voice-less guitar songs with folk-rock riffs and harmonizing rhythm chords, “Summary and Solution” opens this short eight-song LP as the first of two instrumental recordings that displays the two members tangible abilities as musicians. The second, and final song of the CD,”The Sound of Pieces Falling Together…and Us Falling Apart” fades out to reveal a hidden track of recording spontaneity some six and a half minutes later. On this more matte than mastered release, what sounds like one or two microphones in a budget recording environment, Steve Roche captured Josh and Kevin’s guitar structured songs that sound similar to most of Matt Pryor’s material on The New Amsterdams Never You Mind: a more acoustic spin-off release from Pryor and company’s normal Get Up Kids rock. “This is not the first time / I’ve been though all this before / Such a familiar place to be…stuck always wanting more / Do you remember this time last year?” is an emotional lyric for SOTS on “Hearts Break They Don’t Bend,” but an ever better statement for this critic’s reaction to the flood of emo bands bent on making each and every indie-rock song they write sentimental.

Now that Vagrant Records has been featured in Rolling Stone in an article about the independent label’s ability to profit and thrive, upstart labels like Robodog Records are releasing CDs and vinyl and developing band rosters in a similar manner with a definite listening audience. On that rookie roster list, Superstitions of the Sky foreshadow the potential future on Things Said in Passing.