‘Modern Standard’ is his second album in two years, and it’s as beautifully melodic as his previous work.
Chicago-based songwriter Kevin Tihista released a handful of lo-fi indie pop classics in the early 2000s. Then he disappeared for seven years, crippled by stagefright, lack of funds and writer’s block. Thankfully, he’s overcome two of those (still no live shows, though). ‘Modern Standard’ is his second album in two years, and it’s as beautifully melodic as his previous work. Tihista is still at his wits’ end, but he’s almost revelling in the misery. ‘Just Can’t Get Enough Anymore’ finds him lamenting the fact that his drugs don’t work, while ‘Happy People, Shut Your Mouths’ probably speaks for itself. Above all, he knows he’s laying it on thick, making ‘Modern Standard’ perversely uplifting.