There isn’t too much information out there about the one-man project called Company. He released a twelve-song self-titled album Company. The songs move slowly and are quite melancholy. I have no problem with that and enjoy Sparklehorse and Elliott Smith just as much as the next guy.
I actually really liked a lot of these songs but that's not where the problem lies. The biggest issue by far is the recording quality. There is no nice way to say that it’s not very good. You can’t make out most of what he is saying and everything sounds like it's coming from a different room. The ironic thing about that is that this music begs for an intimate recording. The kind of recording you get with an Elliott Smith recording or even Jack Johnson. You need to hear the nuances from the guitar to the vocals.
As far as the songwriting goes I thought it was consistently good. The album is extremely somber and is a lot to handle for twelve songs. Suffice it to say if you enjoy one song you will enjoy the rest.
The songs do feel interchangeable. It took me multiple listens to start to recognize one song from another. Most of this has to do with aesthetics and production. This is a case of just pressing play and listening to what hits you. He usually mixes in organ, drums, guitars and his vocals. That mix of instrumentation drips with melancholy and serves its purpose well.
The best advice I can give to this one-man project is to either get some more practice and knowledge about home recording or work with an engineer next go around. I have to admit I would like to hear these songs with a pro studio sound.
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