REVIEW: Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker) – “Sanity Is Waiting”
by Chad Jewett
For an artist so enamored with wordplay and dry humor, its appropriate that Blake Schwarzenbach’s new single, “Sanity Is Waiting”, takes a good 45 seconds to float into focus – an aural embodiment of “Patience Is A Virtue”. Once it gets there, however, the song is absolutely gorgeous, a lovely mix of trickling guitar and pawn-shop drum machine, a spare yet welcoming bed of sound for Schwarzenbach’s still affecting, scuffed up tunefulness. Lines like “You look so familiar / Like slippers by the stairs” recall the bittersweet domesticity and everyday poetry of Jets To Brazil’s great 2002 swan song Perfecting Loneliness, while the song’s occasional spoken-word sections reveal a proximity to Bill Callahan (example: “We admire the field mouse his industry”, delivered in a profound baritone) that suddenly makes plenty good sense – another literary outsider artist with a deeply devoted following. Simply put, “Sanity Is Waiting” might just be the best thing that Blake Schwarzenbach has released in a decade. Here’s hoping for more.