Ian Sweet Admits She’s A Messiah Collector In Her New Single “Holographic Jesus”

Literally. She has a Jesus collection.

Photo: Kelsey Hart

When you hear the title “Holographic Jesus,” you assume that it’s one of those psychedelic songs conceived on acid. But it’s actually weirder than that. Ian Sweet’s latest single is a fizzling and subtly shoegazey pop piece that taps into the pressure of becoming an emotional anchor for other people. It’s an introspective and nurturing song, but the track’s influences root back to Ian’s odd hobby of collective holographic Jesus posters during her time in Brooklyn. Stream below:

“‘Holographic Jesus’ is a song based around collecting holographic Jesus posters from various bodegas and dollar stores while living in Brooklyn. I am in no way religious but I hung them up all over my room and was constantly finding the nuances and idiosyncrasies of each one. You could turn your head the slightest and see an entirely different image reflected. I felt connected to that idea. Some people collect ceramic frogs or action figures but I collect holographic Jesus posters. This song is about the things I went through in that room while these posters were so to speak ‘watching over me.'” shared Ian Sweet.

Jilian Medford is the mastermind behind Ian Sweet who is now living in LA. We don’t know if she’s collecting Jesus, but we know she’ll be releasing her new album Crush Crusher on October 26 and will embarking on tour soon:

10/18 – Lodge Room (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

10/20 – Bottom of the Hill (San Francisco, CA, USA)

10/22 – Mississippi Studios (Portland, OR, USA)

10/23 – Biltmore Cabaret (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

10/24 – Sunset Tavern (Seattle, WA, USA)

10/25 – The Olympic (Boise, ID, USA)

10/26 – Kilby Court (Salt Lake City, UT, USA)

10/27 – Hi Dive (Denver, CO, USA)

10/28 – O’Leavers (Omaha, NE, USA)

10/29 – 7th Street Entry (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

10/30 – Subterranean (Chicago, IL, USA)

11/1 – The Monarch (Toronto, ON, Canada)

11/2 – Mohawk Place (Buffalo, NY, USA)

11/3 – Great Scott (Boston, MA, USA)

11/5 – Park Church Co-op (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

11/6 – Johnny Brenda’s (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

11/7 – Union Stage (Washington, DC, USA)

11/8 – The Pinhook (Durham, NC, USA)

11/9 – The Mothlight (Asheville, NC, USA)

11/10 – Drunken Unicorn (Atlanta, GA, USA)

11/11 – 11Eleven Fest (Orlando, FL, USA)

11/12 – The Wilbury (Tallahassee, FL, USA)

11/13 – Gasa Gasa (New Orleans, LA, USA)

11/14 – White Oak Music Hall (Houston, TX, USA)

11/15 – Three Links (Dallas, TX, USA)

11/16 – The Mohawk (Austin, TX, USA)

11/19 – Valley Bar (Phoenix, AZ, USA)

11/20 – Soda Bar (San Diego, CA, USA)


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