Henry Birdsey lives in Weybridge, Vermont, is 18 years old and likes to record music in his home. He writes really chill songs that revolve around guitar and sometimes sparse vocals if he is feeling up to it. The songs but don’t have much substance but instead feel like coats of paint. They are atmospheres created with reverb, delays, chorus and other effects you might find in your DAW. These songs are good for relaxing; maybe something you put on before bed but wouldn’t be something you’d pop in at a party.
“In Providence” begins the album, Beach Carpet, and it revolves around a slow, fog of guitar progressions and vocals, which are barely sung and hang very low in the mix. It was a bit like something you might hear from Windy and Carl. The song doesn't change much and actually becomes catchier with repeated listens. “Ivory Loop” is a straight-up instrumental piece that creates a weary dream sequence. The chords and effects gave it a feeling like you were submerged underwater but not in a bad way more like you had some scuba gear and were enjoying your surroundings. “Loft Loop” feels very distant. I kept on wanting to turn it up because the instruments felt like they were coming from the other room. “Mirage/Bank Loop” has some of the more inventive guitar work on the album. It still relies on tons of reverb to attenuate its point but the guitar melody was still nice.
Closing the album with “Turquoise and Pink” Birdsey chose to try and give his vocals one more shot. Unfortunately, they don't succeed as well as the first and are even lower in the mix. This song is the most atmospheric on the album but also feels like a bit of a mess.
It’s obvious that Birdsey is in his embryonic stage and hasn't yet reached his potential at this point. Being restrained to a simple recording device he still shows some innate talent. This is a solid start for some one so young.
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