"Letters For No One"
Genres: indie folk, folk-pop, singer / songwriter
Jun 23 - 29 2003
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.
7 tracks + 1 hidden, distributed by Rough
Trade, released 2003]