Last year, Iowa Citys Anthony Worden composed his forthcoming debut Ideal Conceptions of the Beautiful and Good in the sticks of Eastern Iowa, an album which situates itself between canonical rock n roll and contemporary indie rock. Recorded at Flat Black Studios, under the mentorship of Night People Record's Shawn Reed, these are songs concerned with how we find ourselves pliant to our own predilections--but remain ever-susceptible to others’ predilections. The result is a lucid state of swagger and delicacy. What lies in those oscillations is for the listener to discern.
It's easy to compare the tunes to Lou Reed: Worden syncopates his lyrics in the colloquial vein of Reed. But where Reed lacked in tone and range, Worden effortlessly croons. His songs strut in familiar rock n roll structures, a la The Rolling Stones or Ziggy-era David Bowie; they coalesce further the atmospheres found in the psychedelic ambles of Spacemen 3 with Mac Demarco's jangly, slinky guitar work. Anthony Worden's music in not beholden to a time or place.