Dan Riggins has one of those voices. It makes the mundane enjoyable. For a decade, his friendship position has been front and center, singing about the little things: episodes of TV feeling inspired and prolonged silence during conversation, coming out of a concert and feeling an almost imperceptible transformation inside of you. His voice is conversational, sad, observant, sometimes sarcastic, but always researching and honest. It is wrapped in exciting music with depth and skill. On his band’s latest album, I love the strangerWriggins continues his mission to capture depth in each day: “I was supposed to write what I was feeling right now,” he sings in his opening piece. “Thinking, ‘Oh man, you better understand it just the way it was/ or else you’ll forget about it. ”
Over the past few years, Wriggins has been building songwriters entirely for himself — poignant, lovable tracks, ones that don’t draw attention to themselves but leave a disturbing impact. He did it pretty much with the same group of collaborators, a community of musicians who put some weight behind the name friendship. Wriggins’ backing is Michael Cormier-O’Leary, who makes slippery folk songs on his ownAmbient sound bands with band hour, operates Dear Life Records; Peter Gill, who makes little pop rock songs like Second row; and John Samuels, who helps with most of the above and his two sons own stuff It also happens. Wriggins, Cormier-O’Leary, and Gill grew up together in Maine, in a town called Yarmouth outside of Portland, and they all worked together in one summer on a lobster fishing boat. They all also moved to Philadelphia together in 2015, which time the friendship became even more important.
Friendship has already released three albums – 2015 you have to trust me2017 Off-season shockand 2019 Dreamin’. The latter two were released via Orindal Records, the label operated by Owen Ashworth, of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone and Advance Base. Friendship has a lot in common with Ashworth’s music – the same kind of unhurried pace, an outlook on life that tends to focus on the little things. The band also has an affinity for classic country singers and songwriters, and I love the stranger He finds them leaning more towards those inspirations: Hank Williams, Emilio Harris, Willie Nelson, activist folk singer Utah Phillips (a native of Yarmouth), who is dedicated to Riggins full covers EP to last year. I love the stranger Curvy and curvy and can be brave, while still being extremely beautiful.
I love the stranger It’s also Friendship’s best work to date, and it’s a sprawling album that still feels intimate. Although it only takes 45 minutes, it’s full of ideas: sights that stick with you and sounds you want to stick with. It’s full of warm colors: Wurlitzers keys, steel pedal and cushioned percussion. The album’s tracks are broken down by beautiful and mysterious musical instruments named after several convenience stores, and ubiquitous locations that turn into traces and connotations of the place: Love’s, Blue Canoe, UDF, Kum & Go – In Person, an album with a song named after him. Center. Jersey Quickchek Institute is an album after my heart. These spots along the way make sense because I love the stranger It plays very much like a road album. The songs oscillate at a steady pace. They are like pictures drawn while staring through the window of a moving car.
Wriggins writes about situations in a way that makes you want to know more about them and also tells you everything you need to know. In “Alive Twice,” he recounts a sharp conversation: “Under the spell of your eyeball, I was losing myself / Not in the good way I was talking about / I remember the day, Cedar Park Cafe / I was in a bad place and you put me right / With your instant advice.” What can a poor child do to keep busy? He regrets the “Mr. Chill,” the song lifted from EP solo That Wriggins released last year. “Because I still need to love this little world / I can tell you things I can’t tell anyone else / Because you don’t threaten to help.” “Ride” is a song about the ridiculous things our friends do in order to keep us grounded and carry on: “You lied to me and hurt me so bad / But you stayed around when I checked out / And at the Virginia gas station you brought me a T-shirt that said ‘Ride’ until I died “.
Friendship songs often go back to the idea of, well, friendship: the way we relate to people helps us stay empathetic and alert, and how hard it is to stay open in a world that often feels cold and indifferent. In Chomp, Wriggins judge some people around him and then judge himself. “You’re still working on your big project,” he sang before giving the album its name: “Love the stranger, love the stranger/Love is the stranger everywhere you go.” Friendship makes music that sounds cute and sweet, and the main point is that we all sympathize with the struggle together. Or as Wriggins puts it in the album-shutting song “Sweet Pursuit”: We’re all “here in this greasy mess, hoping for the best.”
I love the stranger Exited 7/29 by merging records. Pre-order it over here.
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• Florist Florist
• Amanda Sherrys accept her as a man
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• Maggie Rogers Give up
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• Deaton Chris Anthony baby master
• PHONY’s At some point it stops
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• Hayley Kioko panorama
• Beach mice mice win
• Jimmy T theory of everything
• Murder by death Spelling/binding
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• A World of Music and Dance: Living in Womad 1982
• Jim James Deluxe Edition of Areas of light and the voice of God
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