REALLY FROM - Verse LP

REALLY FROM - Verse LP

SGD 38.00

Label: Topshelf Records Really From call themselves “indie jazz,” but the “indie” is hard to spot as their second LP, Verse, begins. Their chops are impeccable and the production is immaculate on the opening “You Need a Visa,” as the quintet hits every lope, skip, and stutter-step with precision, cross-hatching silvery guitar ribbons, clacking percussion, and horns just so. And then there’s the last three seconds, which features some of the ugliest vocals you’re liable to hear outside of a black metal record. If you’re familiar with lo-fi emo from either 1994 or 2014, you’ve heard this style before: Chris Lee-Rodriguez steps far away from the mic, not even singing so much as hyperventilating to purge himself of the words. And yet, this interjection makes for a seamless segue as Really From immediately accelerate into “The Baker,” which represents Verse at its best—a fusion of jazz musicianship, emo spirit, and indie-pop tunefulness so coherent that even the ugly parts are beautiful in their precision.

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