Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: IAN SWEET - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
IAN SWEET | Photo by John Vettese for XPN

Joining us in the studio for the first Indie Rock Hit Parade live session of 2019 is a trio led by a wildly talented and creative songwriter. Originally founded as IAN, the solo project of singer/guitarist Jilian Medford, IAN SWEET grew to include a shifting array of supporting players. As they do in this session, IAN SWEET usually materialize as a trio; Medford is joined for this session by bassist Hudson Buckley and drummer Miles Wintner. On her second album, 2018’s Crush Crusher, Medford explores themes of emotional fragility, toxic relationships and self-reflection with both unflinching directness and startling allusions. The music is nothing short of thrilling. The choruses on Crush Crusher are the biggest that Medford has devised and the occasional use of synthesizers makes the songs even more dynamic. IAN SWEET are currently in the midst of a months-long tour of Europe, but back in November (just a few weeks after the new album’s release), they stopped by our studio to play some of the new songs live…

Listen to IAN SWEET’s Indie Rock Hit Parade session below and check out some of John Vettese’s photos from the studio:

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