You Lose Some is the first EP recorded by The Hanged Man, and gives listeners a twangy, fast-paced look into a perspective of modern-life. This album is the first completed side project of Asher Putnam, the lead singer of the band Bella’s Bartok. Putnam put together a versatile and powerful album driven by his poetic vocals and excellent guitar riffs.
The first track in You Lose Some is called “Audrey II” and provides a fast-paced, folksy introduction to the album. The song starts out with a fun, quick guitar riff that is eventually joined by a deep, interesting, punk-y voice. The voice is Les Claypool-like during the chorus, and has a frustrated and twangy grunge sound throughout. This track sets up the tone of the album really well, and the vocals go great with the Apocalyptic-loss-of-hope theme of the album. There is a nice guitar solo at the end that keep the energy and liveliness up.
The next track comes in with a much calmer acoustic guitar introduction. The vocals are much easier to make out in this song called “Complacent” and are the main focus of the track. The lyrics still have the same frustrated, grungy theme as they talk about frustration and feeling complacent. The chorus is great and reveals part of the frustration of modern-life this artist sees. At the end of this track Putnam shows his vocal range and has a really excellent, emotional yelp during the bridge.
The album continues to move to an even calmer rhythm; the next track “Goodnight, Nobody” has a nice chord progression and melody. The introduction is dark and spacey, but falls into a slow moving chord progression throughout. This track is an excellent display of Putnam’s lyrical and writing talent. The concept of the song is about digging a hole, and all the positive and negative impacts that can have on people.
You Lose Some then moves onto a darker sound as the album wraps up. The next song “Doc Holiday: Duckhunter” has a much darker melody. The melody is complemented perfectly with the dark lyrics. This album, a a whole, shows hopes of positivity but is mostly drowned out by the frustration and pain of the apocalyptic worldview that’s reflected throughout. The album wraps up with a nice-cap off, a song called “Rhythm and Blues, that has the same darker, blues-like melodies ad lyrics. This track has a really cool, marching guitar chord progression that’s emotional and powerful. The twangy voice, which can sound Jack White-ish, is the perfect complement to the march that leads the listeners to the end and wrap-up of this emotional and great album.
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