"you never noticed"
This record is great for Rock and pop Songwriting, and for cool weird empty spaces musically.
The first track "Concrete Angel" is pretty much vocals and a creepy minor guitar riff with some kind of cool stereo delay. The vocals are like a reflective storytelling thing, like a long poem, and the hook sounds like its a four part multi-track vocal.
So the second song, "Easy Tears" is a big deviation after the first being a lot of light guitar. It opens with piano in a really deep register, which sounds especially deep after the first song. Also as the song goes on we get some envelope filter arpeggiator stuff happening which is pretty awesome, and gradually there is more drum machine happening.
The Guitar comes back with a more analog sounding delay in the third song "Wash your Mouth" This song has a great, open Hook, But feels a little bit constrained. The lyrics also feel a lot more second person and direct here.
The title track "You Never Noticed" Continues a lot of the sounds from the second song, as far as synths and drums go, with the exception that it uses guitar again. This song sounds both very 90's and very 70's at the same time. The the Guitar part sounds like something Blur would do. The direct second person stuff of the lyrics and the the floor toms are in the drums sound like a lot of early 90's MTV type of rock. The synth parts here remind me of the "Future Legend" by Bowie which I think was an intro to "Diamond Dogs"
"Alsup Prayer" isn't a song in the conventional sense, but its one of the highlights of the record. The musical parts of it are an arpeggiator/ arpeggio part with some kind of ominous Cello sounding synth in the background. The Vocals are the really interesting stuff here. They're kind of just a melodic monolouge, but with harmony vocals repeating every phrase. Not totally sure if the vocals are performed with multi tracking or with a delay effect, but they sound really awesome. The song ends kind of abruptly though; I kind of expected it to run into the next song, and function as an intro.
The Last song "Diving Cruelty" Sounds like a 90's end credits of a movie song. The lyrics have some cool clever word play, and the arrangement is a cool mix of a repeating piano riff and strings mostly playing bass and drone notes, and with drums added at dramatic parts, which works well for emphasis. There are a few small Trouble spots I noticed with the vocals on this track. Basically you can hear wind on the mic at one point, and a few harmonies sound a little off. Theese really aren't that distracting though. No big deal.
Overall: I like this album. The lyrics and music are both well written and kept me engaged listening. The sounds of the songs change but also repeat every couple songs, which keeps things moving well without making all the changes strange and unexpected. The Production is good but could be better. Its currently priced at only 3.00 on bandcamp which makes it a no brainer to buy.