JUSTIN PETER-KINKEL SCHUSTER (Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum)
The best artists teach us how to live. The title of Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster’s new LP is a double-edged directive: Take Heart, Take Care. Either way you cut it—whether he’s wishing you the best or reminding you what to take along when you split town—we’re in deeply hopeful territory. This album is a call-to-arms for those of us given over to despair not to throw in the towel. It’s a place you can take solace in the midst of chaos and collapse, a pal who will put you up and feed you and remind you of the good things no matter how close to the ledge you are. It takes pain and transforms it into something that can be put to use. It’s like good summer light on The horizon. These dreadful days, I promise, it’ll make for a damn good and necessary companion.
with SPENCER THOMAS and WILL STEWART