Smithville Chapmans which seems to be a solo bedroom project released an album entitled Attractive Young People. According to the artist, Attractive Young People is “an album about being in Chicago while I was young and excited and on drugs and hanging around with two beautiful women.”
The album felt like some sort of comedic romp through a couple of narratives. It felt like the artist was trying to be sarcastic, maybe even purposefully annoying at times. It's not exactly emotionally powerful music. It felt frivolous at times and like it could be used is a theatre production. Perhaps that wasn't the artists intentions but those were my thoughts after spending some time with his music.
Up first is “If the City Blew Up” which starts with a drum beat that quickly fades out and dissolves into squiggly synth lines. He sings over the music often out of key and monotone. Up next is “A Go Go Chicago Go Go Go” which starts with basic piano chords that sound like they are being played on a Casio keyboard or something comparable. He sings about going out and scoring some coke and some women going to a Gwar show. It's not exactly shakespeare but works.
Multiple cascading vocal lines make for a case of vertigo on “Chris's Apartment” and eventually the artist has to repeat every line twice. “2005-2006” has sounds that were making me freak out. I’m glad I wasn’t high. The title track is a chaotic sounding instrumental song.
I’m not entirely sure what to make of this album. I think it was supposed to be funny or comedic but by the end it felt like he was purposely antagonizing the listener - maybe. I think the album would have worked a little better with some overt hooks.
I can’t say these are especially musical sounding songs. In fact it may test your patience in a number of ways if you are looking for traditional song structure. At the very least this is something you may want to explore if you are looking for something off the beaten path. Take a listen.
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