MJ Lenderman sketches out a scene of home disquiet with “Tastes Just Like It Costs,” a standout reduce from his third solo album Boat Songs. He opens the track with a what-did-I-tell-you jab a couple of hated hat, following it with gestures about an upscale butcher, a scream, a visit, dinner plans disrupted if not outright ruined. The singer-songwriter captures the burden of disappointment and frustration, which he wraps in an instrumental haze that recollects the thick Southern humidity of his house state. As a guitarist with the Asheville, North Carolina indie rock outfit Wednesday, Lenderman augments the band’s loosely nostalgic melodies, however on his personal, he offers the instrument a rough-hewn twang, delivering uncooked, sometimes achey numbers loaded with little little bit of hassle.
The churning guitar lead of “Tastes Just Like It Costs” tosses round like a stressed sleeper, with Lenderman stretching his Youngian yowl over strains about vaguely ill-fated efforts to revive a crumbling relationship. A excessive, jagged guitar solo emerges as Lenderman drags the track out to its conclusion, a streak of sunshine breaking by the ocean of fuzz. Like a foundering relationship, the finer issues that cash should buy aren’t assured to final—generally the one return on a steep funding is a bitter aftertaste.