Change the Chords is a solo project whom I presume is that man sleeping in the right corner picture on the Bandcamp page. Sloppy Philosophy Toads is his first release. The EP is a bit hard to explain. Some of it felt undeniably tongue in cheek and other songs seemed to be a little more serious. It was hard to find any type of foundation to the mood.
Up first is “Change the Chords” which revolves around an acoustic guitar, a little bit of delay effect to create psychedelic effect and delayed percussive elements. It reminded me of Flight of the Conchords. It seemed like a Pink Floyd/David Bowie parody in a lot of ways.
“1970's Grocery Store” revolves around a couple of distorted minor and major chords and vocals. The recording quality takes a little dip and I had a hard time making out the lyrics which felt like the most integral part of the song.
“Water in your Hands” at least felt like a more sincere effort. It’s more emotionally resonant in mood. There is a female vocalist. There are some slight but noticeable issues with staying on key. On that note they sound great together. I have to admit I wanted more fidelity on this song.
“Sloppy Joes” just feels completely frivolous in comparison. The song is dissonant, with disparate elements and vocals that feel silly in their execution. “Cry of a Studio” is all over the place. There is some talking instead of singing, and it sounds like a band is warming up at times; it felt like an improvisation at others. “Loopin in my Head (ft. Sloppy John)” has elements of dream pop and arguably the catchiest song overall.
As I mentioned I’m not completely sure of the angle that the artist was going for. Either way I would love to hear some of his songs with better recording quality. It’s extremely lo-fi at times making it hard to appreciate the lyrics and melodies.
I think there is talent here and but I would like it channeled into either pure comedy or more straightforward songs. Overall, this was an interesting listen to say the least and I look forward to hearing where he goes from here.
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