Tim Kasher is set to release his debut solo album, The Game Of Monogamy, on October 5th, 2010 via Saddle Creek. Recorded this past January in Whitefish, MT, at SnowGhost Music and in his rental home in the small town, the album marks the first time Kasher – frontman for celebrated acts Cursive and The Good Life – has written, recorded, and produced an album under his own name.

The Game Of Monogamy is more of an arranged record than any of Kasher's past releases, filled with theatrical arrangements and lush instrumentation to create his own blend of classic pop. Ornamented with strings, harp, oboe, flute, and trombone, among other instruments, the songs vary in sound from vibrant and catchy ("Cold Love," "I'm Afraid I'm Gonna Die Here") to sweeping and grand ("No Fireworks," "Monogamy"), and from hushed and spare ("Strays," "The Prodigal Husband"), to urgent and fraught ("A Grown Man," "Bad, Bad Dreams"). This moody orchestral pop evokes a 1950s-esque, conservative atmosphere, setting the stage for a dilemma that remains thoroughly modern. The protagonist's arc in The Game of Monogamy spans the wide range of distinctly human emotions tangled up around relationships in a starched shirt society. Call it the score for our collective sexual plight: expression routinely becomes repression in the name of romance.

Kasher enlisted Patrick Newbery (trumpet/keys for Cursive; also of Lacona and Head of Femur) to help with the arrangements, the production, and to play on the record. Friends Erin Tate (Minus The Bear) and Matt Maginn (Cursive) also stopped by to add some drum and bass parts, respectively, and members of the Glacier National Symphony were recruited for the classical instrument parts.

Laura Stevenson

You Are Plural

Indie-rock trio You Are Plural hail from the enchanted forests of the Pacific Northwest (Olympia, Wash., specifically), so it’s no surprise that they’d pen lyrics like, “Raised in the shadows of forest at night/ It’s calming to see your eyes in mine,” from “Rabbit Rabbit.” You Are Plural’s dreamy sound is created with only a Wurlitzer electric piano, cello and percussion, as well as the goosebumps-raising harmonies of Jen Grady’s nymph-like voice and Ephriam Nagler’s rich and resonant one, but the beautiful soundscapes they create are lush and expansive. If elves danced to anything other than harps and flutes at their woodland parties, they’d dig You Are Plural.

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Tim Kasher with Laura Stevenson, You Are Plural

Thursday, October 10 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Doug Fir Lounge