In American society, monogamy is not only practiced, it’s expected. Little girls plan their weddings, they play out different scenarios with Barbie dolls, while young adults stress about finding “the one.”
In his new, self-written and self-recorded album, “The Game of Monogamy,” Tim Kasher, who will be performing Sunday at The Blue Note with Minus the Bear and Rah Rah, deconstructs the practice of monogamy, and what’s expected of Americans.
Also a member of the bands Cursive and The Good Life, Kasher spent about a year and a half writing his first solo album. He then recorded it on and off at SnowGhost Music in Whitefish, Mont., for five months, all the while channeling certain inspirational musicians.
“I find Paul Simon to be an influence in general,” Kasher said. “But for this record, I listened to a lot of David Bowie. I’m not sure whether or not that comes through on the album, but it was what I was listening to at the time that inspired me.”
Kasher said that he’s not against monogamy, though many of his songs, including "Cold Love" and "Bad, Bad Dreams’" express a cynical outlook. Kasher’s lyrics are arguably the most important part of the album, expressing the complex human emotions that factor into relationships.
Kasher had Cursive band member Patrick Newbery’s help in producing and arranging “The Game of Monogamy,” but he does notice a difference between performing as part of a band and performing as a solo artist.
“With band mates, you’re all taking a risk together, which you don’t have when you’re doing albums on your own,” he said. “You’re out there on your own, which can be both good and bad.”
As an artist in his mid-30s, Kasher said that this album is important to him, because it’s fresh and a product of a new name -- his own.
“The tour has been great so far,” he said. “There’s a fair amount of anxiety with a new album, but the audience response has been really positive.”
After his current tour, Kasher plans to do more touring in the spring, and work on other music projects. He plans to write more music, as he said musicians are always learning and growing.
“I think one of the best ways musicians learn is from other musicians,” he said. “Musicians share with each other, and you can pick up tips.”
But for now, Kasher is enjoying live performances and sharing his album and message with fans.
“I’m an extroverted person, but sometimes it can be hard to make the show feel inspired night after night,” he said. “But when performing live, it’s great because in the end, you and the crowd are there together.”