Katie Von Schleicher rose from intern to artist on Brooklyn label Ba Da Bing with Bleaksploitation, a self-recorded 2015 mini album of irreverent, fuzz-laden tunes. On her debut full-length, Von Schleicher strikes again on the magic that comes from her warped and uncompromising sound. Shitty Hits channels the bright, sunny radio burners of the 1970â€™s, songs you drive to, carefree, and songs you can cry to, which The Guardian describe as â€œPortishead meets the Beatles,â€ and NPRâ€™s Bob Boilen calls â€œone of those constant repeat records for me.â€
Conjuring the home recorded sound of Paul McCartneyâ€™s McCartney or Jeff Buckleyâ€™s Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk, Shitty Hits was created on a tape machine at Von Schleicherâ€™s childhood home in Maryland. Where Bleaksploitation courted a kind of sonic nihilism, Shitty Hits shows confidence, growth and unflinching self-realization. Inhabiting the roles of producer and engineer, Von Schleicher cements her voice as one to be reckoned with, parsed and pored over, on an album that is â€œnever less than beguilingâ€ (Pitchfork).