“From the Basement EP” by The Ironic Giant is a folk type collection of five original songs. As the title suggests, the album was recorded in a friend’s basement in middle America Illinois. While there are very definite folk influences, there is also a nice mix of both electric and acoustic guitars one wouldn't expect from a folk artist.
“The Zephyr” starts out as a slow and steady ode to hours lost traveling aboard a train. The tempo and musical backing was a nice reminder of the gentle yet steady pace of a train ride. This song is where the heaviest folk influence is heard.
Next up in “Scured” with a little bit more of a psychedelic feel. The background music for this one was a little off setting but the theme of the lyrics was also unsettling. Being alone and simply scared of life without anyone was the underlying theme, so it kind of made sense that the theme fit with the uneasy feel I got from the music.
The third song on the album “Leaf” reminded me of that moment on network TV when a character turns to the camera and speaks directly to the audience they should not “know” is there. This was a personal song and interesting as it was different than the others on the album. It would nicely lend itself to a live performance.
A very interesting guitar arrangement started off “Instra” and seemed to set that track apart from the rest of the album. The beat was interesting but I kept waiting for the lyrics to start, and they never did. It was an interesting arrangement none the less.
The final song “Utah” was the most relatable song on the album. From the notes on this song, it is to be a personal ad of sorts for the artist. An ode to the life he hopes to find with the wife-to-be he has yet to meet. I think many people can identify with this yearning to find the person who completes you.
This simple collection of five songs seemed highly personal and a folksy way to get to know the inner thoughts of the artist. I enjoyed the overall set, and look forward to more from the artist.
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