Baeble First Play: The Simmering Jazz Intensity Of McClain Sullivan
    • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

    • Posted by: Don Saas

    I can't really call it a break-up cause we were never really a "couple," but I recently ended a thing that had been developing with a girl that I'd been seeing for almost two months. That was a couple weeks ago, but I'm still a cavalcade of complicated and conflicting emotions: happiness about the time we had together, confusion/anger about how/why it ended, desire to still be friends, anxiety that we can't do that, etc. And when a relationship ends, it's easy to demonize your ex. The awful male stereotype of the "crazy ex-girlfriend" exists because of this (and institutionalized misogyny). But we also have to embrace and deal with our own conflicting emotions when they arise when a relationship ends. You can't bottle your anger up. You need to acknowledge that it's there and acknowledge that, hey, maybe you were mistreated. And in the rare mature break-up song, McClain Sullivan finds honesty in acidic anger without devolving into a petulant fit.

    We're excited to have the exclusive premiere of Sullivan's "Happy Anniversary," an ironic title befitting of R.E.M.'s "Shiny Happy People" or The Smith's "This Charming Man." Combining John McLaughlin-esque jazz with simmering, boiling vocal intensity, McClain Sullivan channels the implosion of romantic relationship and resentment and regret (as well as hints of the good memories) into a percussive vocal delight (including some scatting!) that finds the lows of a relationship implosion without wallowing in self-pity. McClain Sullivan, we want to hear more fro you ASAP.

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