AP Macroeconomics is a solo artist from Seattle. I spent some time with both of his EP’s A Lot of Opens, a Lot of Climbing Down and Balancing Act. His music tends to veer towards and relies on acoustic instrumentation. I was reminded of the band's as far ranging and The Microphones, The Dodos and The Antlers. On paper this music doesn't sound that impressive but it’s really about the details, delivery and color of the music that made me like it so much.
The two EP’s could have been one album to me. There weren’t enough striking differences where I felt one had a different foundation.
He opens with “Course Evaluations” on A Lot of Opens, a Lot of Climbing Down. It consists of a couple quickly strummed acoustic guitar chords and lo-fi percussive. The music has an upward energy and motion. It’s the vocals that were the huge draw for me. I just really liked his delivery. His voice is slightly melancholy but never dismal. It has this stoic quality it which I found appealing.
Songs like “Waste”, and “Heated Tiles” almost sound a little out of tune but it’s those qualities which make the music feel raw and real. There are also great melodies as well which stay with you which you hear on “Matter of Time/When” and “Up @”.
Balancing Act opens with “American Novel”. This song in particular sounded like perfect lo-fi. His vocals are clear and the acoustic guitar contains just enough warmth. This song also happened to be a highlight out of all the songs I heard. “Hypoxia” is this sort of off beat blues number while “Red Bereave” was really lo-fi.
“Venetian Blinds” is one of the more somber songs while “Cactus Breath” contains a full on drum set. He closes the somber singalong “Dagnabbit!”.
I fell in love with lo-fi acoustic songs from bands like Neutral Milk Hotel and The Microphones a long time ago. I’m glad newer artists like this are keeping that flame alive.
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