I am completely struck by the curious experimental rock album finders:keepers from solo musician clearly. There is a revolutionary deconstructed sound to all of these grungy, unpredictable songs that conveys deep emotion. All the sensations and experiences communicated are broken down to basic elements and then built into fully structured pieces. It's as though the songs tear themselves open and do exploratory surgery. It's incredibly fascinating and makes for an engaging listen. You'll get a healthy dose of grunge, indie rock and it even gets a little dream poppish. It can go from laid back with sand between your toes to a hole in the wall music venue in the wee hours of the morning. It's hard to explain but I assure you this combination is solid.
According to clearly every song started as a guitar part and then the real experimentation begins. Everything from time signatures, to instruments and even audio speed and production are fair game. The production left a very rough polish on the album but it makes sense and works to the music's advantage.
The album starts off on a strong note with "Ticks." This is such a fabulous introduction and it seduced me almost instantly with an innocent, indie rock sounding guitar riff that comes off as very existential. I had no idea what I was in for and it just kept delivering enjoyable sounds. Right at the end it kicks into a heavy rock pace that goes fast and gets dark. This twist on the end really sold the songs for me. It was a welcomed surprise.
"Eli" is positively beautiful, like old dusty lace in an attic. The song is dank and somber and even a little seedy but there is also a sweetness tucked into the seams. The time signature is very cylindrical and sounds like a grunge waltz. Right behind this is "finder:keepers" and this one is mostly instrumental. However there is a complete story told in the sophisticated movements that really spoke to me.
There was a great sense of sentimentality with the track "Enid." The lyrics are some of the most powerful for me on the whole album. To finish things off there's "Unseen," which is an understated tune that goes back to an indie rock sound that is bittersweet and hopeful.
This album is such a surprise and I cannot stress enough how distinctly unique it is. While this is not a flashy album, it's very brazen with its lack of inhibition when it comes to exposing its vulnerability. I think if you're an open minded grunge fan or just someone who is afraid to explore the more experimental sections of the indie, alt-rock and grunge genres you should give it a go. The album is also an excellent find for anyone who enjoys music that activates an introspective nature in the listener. There is so much depth and exploration that I feel it would work wonders for anyone trying to get out of their own head.
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