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"Letters For No One" CD

Superhero Recordings

Genres: indie folk, folk-pop, singer / songwriter

Jun 23 - 29 2003

Along with this CDR came dboy's mission statement, which explains how he was "living inside somebody else's head" awhile ago, and that the experience served as a inspiration for many of his songs.  Bizarre, but intriguing as well.

Letters For No One is dboy's third EP.  He plays a style of very personal singer / songwriter folk-pop that features him on vocals and acoustic guitar, recorded by his trusty old four-track.  The resulting music is very moody, often dark, and always catchy.  While the opener "Broken" may be a bit too long for some tastes, the EP quickly picks things up with the haunting "Boy Made Man," which is beautifully dark and wonderful, staying solid for multiple listens.  dboy's voice is great, perfect for the song in its deep, yet sensitive manner.  The two parts of "There's a Time," meanwhile, serve as the record's centerpiece.  They come together to form a creepy, Pedro The Lion-esque pop number that is at once comforting and frightening.  "Going Slow" is yet another fantastic track, relying on an almost eerie, minor-key chorus.

Overall, this is a terrific artifact of minimal pop that will appease both fans of singer / songwriter pop and just music lovers with open minds.  Recommended.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 7 tracks + 1 hidden, distributed by Rough Trade, released 2003]