Keith A/B – Unbridled Optimism
Innovative textures and instrumentals are matched to quirky vocal melodies to form some intriguing songs by this solo performer; some of which verge on epic, notably the opening track “We’ll Send Our Sympathies,” which is supported by relentless rhythm guitar and a positively eerie horn-like refrain. The tumultuous churning in the back of “Your Mother Needs a Man” fails to completely obliterate the rather sweet, almost poppy vocal melody delivered with a degree of intensity which creates an interesting sensation of dissonance, literal and cognitive. “Capital S” is instrumentally deliberately jarring and angular, with over-miked guitar thrumming layered in back of Keith A/B’s almost sing-songy vocal melody. (Think Patsy Cline’s version of “Tennessee Waltz.”) The end result is an almost nightmarish ambiance, as the vocalist ominously declaims “You will tremble/ You will tremble/ You will tremble like a leaf.” Of the remaining songs, the repetitive “An Hour a Day” seems like a misfire; “Fortune Cookies” is a brazen, poppy rock song but otherwise not particularly innovative; “One Bad Egg” is an anodyne wistful ballad. But the first three songs are strange and wonderful. Recommended.
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1. We’ll Send Our Sympathies 4:50
2. Your Mother Needs a Man 3:34
3. Capital S 3:33
4. An Hour a Day 3:13
5. Fortune Cookies 3:11
6. One Bad Egg 2:47
Keith A/B is as Providence area singer-songwriter who’s Unbridled Optimism is a delicious mixture of indie rock, garage and power-pop. The EP features Keith’s clear, somber melodies over big guitars with lyrics about little people asking big questions or puffing their chests. All tracks were recorded in Mr. A/B’s home studio over the course of a year. For fans of Jeff Buckley, The Walkmen, Tame Impala, Deerhunter, Polvo, Cobra Verde, and Guided by Voices.
All songs written, performed, recorded and mixed by Keith A/B. Mastered by Bradford Krieger at Big Nice Studio, Lincoln, RI.