drew flippin is an artist from Chicago who currently resides in the Ukrainian village. I actually lived in that area a couple years ago and recorded music there as well. This artist did the same thing.
all pity. no party. is his release and is a mix of lo-fi Americana folk and indie rock. The themes are diverse and felt tongue-in-cheek while others were more sincere. Up first is “my brain made me do it” which is a one-minute song that really felt like it could have been longer. I suppose it was an intro but stopped after the first verse.
Up next is “mcdonald's fries” which sort of feels like a stream of consciousness walking around Chicago when it comes to lyrics. I can relate to it as I’ve lived in Chicago for quite a long time. The song is cathcy, fun and clever but so lo-fi at times the mix begins to buckle.
“nobody's fool” has a very classic Americana feel not unlike a band like Wilco. It’s a solid song as was “indifference” which is a sort of mopey indie rock song. I thought the highlight was “i can explain.” First of all the recording is much more improved on this track but it's also the artist at his most sincere. I thought the way he delivered the vocals on this song was heartfelt, tender and the most emotionally resonant.
“reverse the curse” is a good song, a really good song and reminded me of Pavement. “sensitive type” sounded a bit like early Mogwai while “canberra” goes back into folk Americana.
As a recording engineer myself the one issue I had revolved around the quality of the recordings. The recording quality and sonic imprint which can be changed with tools EQ, multi-band compressors, M/S signal and more was different on every song and there were moments where the high frequencies overwhelmed me. I understand recording is expensive but in cases like this I think working with a mastering engineer is invaluable. Chicago actually has some of the best mastering engineers in the world one of whom I work with all the time.
The mix of Americana folk and indie rock sounded good and despite the lo-fi recording the songwriting came through. I became a fan of his music and hope to hear some more of his work in the not too distant future.
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