After Afterparty is the moniker for Quinton Sung. The nineteen-year-old DIY bedroom project tips its hat to post-punk, post-rock and the aesthetics of shoegaze. He drowns his music in an ample amount of reverb and lets his vocals hang low in the mix. You can recognize the aesthetic choices that vary from bands like Jesus and Mary Chain, Ride and My Bloody Valentine to even more atmospheric artists such as Windy & Carl and Ride.
For what the songs lack in technical prowess they make up for in ambience and atmosphere. Take for instance After Afterparty’s opener “Coldweather.” Sung creates a specious soundscape with reverb as a simple, steady bass line and electronic percussion create the foundation.
I enjoyed the energy of the song and thought the vocals were delivered well. That being said I thought the vocals were too low in the mix even for shoegaze. The lyrics paint a picture of isolation, loneliness and yearning. He sings, “it's too cold i'm looking for you where did you go waiting for you outside my door find me sitting on your floor.”
“Disappear” has a similar feel to the first song although there are elements of post-rock. The luminous waves of white noise are melancholy with hints of beauty. “Sofabed” is another solid song but the lyrics were too hard to understand them. “(Suede Shoes)” is a change in pace if only because he relies on an acoustic guitar and puts aside his bass and drums. He closes with “Moth” which is a fairly dynamic for shoegaze. The background vocals were a nice touch.
At nineteen years old Sung has all the time in the world to start perfecting his craft. He is off to a good start but there is still a ton of room for improvement. I would encourage him to work on pronouncing the lyrics. In addition to that he will want not only to remember to EQ the vocals for clarity but also the reverb itself, which can make a world of difference. Sung has a lot of potential and we will see if has what it takes to evolve as an artist.
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