Genres: lo-fi, acoustic pop, indie pop
Lost on Purpose
1444 N. Poinsettia Pl, Suite 111
Hollywood CA 90046
Mar 29 - Apr 4 2004
Lost on Purpose, the work of Billy Baru member Wil
Holland, is a lo-fi, acoustic pop outfit specializing in a unique
brand of acoustic, emotional (but calm) guitar-and-vocals songwriting.
Much like his previous work with Billy Baru, this disc has had
some technical difficulties that have held back this review. As
the EP progresses, the songs become more and more 'clippy', until the
sound is just abominable. Somebody's CD burner isn't compatible
with my stereo, it seems.
As for the songs themselves (or at least the first four, as the
latter two are basically indecipherable due to the sound issues),
there's lots of good on 1st. Right from the first tune, a
minimal, mildly infectious pop song, lo-fi addicts should be
intrigued. Holland relies on simple melodies that aren't
packed with hooks, but rather quite simplistic and compact.
"Friends," for example, relies on a simple, repeated guitar
pattern for its main melody. Holland may wish to vary the
melodies in his songs a little next time around, as these tunes aren't
necessarily going to stand up well with repeated listens.
1st is a promising EP - you know you've done well when I
actually want to hear what the corrupted tracks are supposed to
sound like. I'm looking forward to Lost on Purpose's
[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by Fusion
III, released 2003]