Birthday Club: Obscure Emotion (album review by Christa V.)

Birthday Club is the project of Stephen Wells, a musician who hails from Texas. He makes shimmering music that features a wonderful balance of guitar and synthesizers with vocals that weave in and out of the sound. It leaves you feeling chilled out but also with your foot tapping to the beat. The best tracks are the first three which feature his ability to create groovy ambient sounds reminiscent of early Arcade Fire or late 70s psychedelic bands. There’s also “Out of Nowhere,” an entirely instrumental track that starts with an acoustic guitar and builds up into those shimmering synthesizers. You don’t even miss the vocals until it is all over. Favorite tracks: 1, 2, 3, 6

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