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In Praise of Adam Schlesinger’s Other Band: Ivy



Adam Schlesinger, who died of complication as a consequence of coronavirus on April 1, had a musical resume that was deep and admired. Finest identified for his work in early 2000s rock-pop band Fountains of Wayne, he additionally was the musical director for the TV comedy “Loopy Ex-Girlfriend” in addition to the first author for the theme track to the film “That Factor You Do.”

However a few of the musician’s greatest songs got here together with his lesser-known band, Ivy. The New York-based trio, which consisted of Schlesinger, Andy Chase and lead singer Dominique Durand, received over a small, however devoted fan base within the 1990s and into 2000s for its stellar songwriting with a only a contact of melancholia. Shaped within the early 1990s and ending with a fifth — and last — album, 2011’s “All Hours,” the act earned a cult following, but stays underrated. What follows are seven of Ivy’s most interesting moments over a virtually two-decade-long profession.

“I Hate December” (1996)

Whereas not precisely a sonic blueprint for the band, this early providing from 1996 gave followers a window into what Ivy would finally turn out to be, and Schlesinger’s affect is clear all through the monitor.

“Don’t Consider A Phrase” (1995)

Schlesinger’s ear for melodic guitar is on full show on this early Ivy track, which was from the band’s debut full-length album, “Real looking.” The dreamy pop gem set the tone for the band’s work all through the 1990s and stays a fan favourite.

“Misplaced In The Solar” (2012)

A track extra typical of Ivy’s later years, “Misplaced within the Solar” showcases Schlesinger’s ever-increasing studio prowess (manufacturing and engineering) along with his minimalist minor key guitar work.

“Fascinated” (2012)

The second single from the trio’s sixth studio album “All Hours,” “Fascinated” received over followers of the band because of acquainted melodic pop sensibilities with only a contact of the indifferent cool that turned Ivy’s calling card. Notable as a result of this track is a far cry from the guitar-centric sound of the 1990s, but it’s by some means nonetheless stays trustworthy to the band’s vibe.

“I’ve Bought A Feeling” (1997)

Probably the proper Ivy track and an exemplary monitor of when the trio was at its artistic peak (see additionally their implausible “The Finest Factor” from the identical album, “Condo Life”), “I’ve Bought a Feeling” is only a stellar pop track, and obtained a second wind a couple of years after its launch when it was featured within the 2002 movie, “Orange County.”

“Edge Of The Ocean” (2001)

The group’s hottest track on Spotify, “Fringe of the Ocean” was featured in a number of movies in addition to TV exhibits, most notably in an episode of “Gray’s Anatomy.”

“Get Sufficient” (1994)

Basic early Ivy — which is to say sounding not in contrast to The Lemonheads or different indie bands of the period — “Get Sufficient” holds up higher than most from the mid-1990s, and naturally, Schlesinger’s songwriting is a giant motive why.

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