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The provocative melancholy of bedrooms

Nat Allister
A review of "Reaching" by John Sestito
Written February 16th, 2017, 5:03 pm by

Nat Allister FROM Fox & Beggar Theater Inc.

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John Sestito does an uncanny job of channeling Ben Gibbard in his lo-fi song "Reaching," which sounds appropriately like it was recorded in his bedroom on Garage Band, a simple mix of intellectual, young lyricism and pretty acoustic guitar. "I'm always, always, gonna let you down," repeats the melancholic chorus of the song, which perhaps copies the singer/songwriters of the early 2000s a little too closely, but demonstrates a keen talent for songwriting nonetheless. We all start somewhere, and all young artists need to emulate their icons before heading out into their own territory. Gibbard is certainly not a poor choice of icon, bringing an incredibly insightful degree of poetics to indie rock and doubtlessly inspiring millions across America in his time. I hope that Sestito keeps writing, and keeps writing, and then writes more, because he has obvious talent and plenty of room to grow.

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