Flies is the moniker for Stuart Raymond who recently released Under The Lid. Under The Lid is an album that will most likely have two camps of people. Those who like it and those who can’t handle it. The songs on Under The Lid are a highly intense sometimes maddening ride that resembles video game music and can also can make you feel like you ingested too much acid and are living inside a cartoon. The only real artist I can compare this music to is Dan Deacon. In particular his 2007 album Spiderman Of The Rings has a similar feel. You kind of just have to listen to both albums to hear what I’m talking about.
I’m willing to bet Raymond’s music won’t be playing at your local club or sports bar anytime soon but it has its purpose. Under The Lid is certified headphone music because there are so many elements going on. It’s perfect for playing on your train ride to work and imagining the people you are forced to look at are cartoon characters from Bojack Horseman.
For what Under The Lid lacks in identifying human emotion it makes it up in enough sounds that it really doesn’t give you anytime to think. Take for instance the opener ”GOAT!” which is probably around 180 BPM. It doesn’t rely on textures and tones that translate into identifiable human emotion. The song instead feels like you spun around in a circle for about five minutes and were thrown into Pee-wee's Playhouse.
The apprehension that sets in as if you are about to embark on a really bad trip is only intensified with the aptly named “French Toast and Flies”. You may get visions of evil clowns throwing cream pie in your face or if you’re insane may attempt to start dancing along with the beat. For some reason Raymond decided to add another ten songs just to make sure you lost your mind before it was all over.
I’m sure most of you are already listening to this album and probably purchased it for you and your family members. If you haven’t then get on it. Overall, this album is weird, sometimes wonderful and certainly original . Like deep fried pizza it will only appeal to some people but that's what makes the world both beautiful and horribly terrifying .
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