Girls With Depression is a one-person headed by Cy Brazanthr. a 23-year-old dude from Richmond, VA. Cy studied Fine Arts at VCU because he originally wanted to be an illustrator but then got into abstract art and pop music instead. Girls With Depression have two EPs coming out in October: “Songs for Celebrities To Listen To” and “I Think I’m Funny But I Totally Am.”
When I first played the six demos of these two Ep’s, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. Cy Brazanthr’s voice sounds markedly distressed then suddenly joyful all at once. The immediate grandeur and eclecticism of the musical arrangements may set this up for polarizing reactions from listeners.
There were only one or two immediate tunes that caught me. I nervously listened to the demos again…and again for a third time. And it is awesome. There is some great, inspired work here. Songs that will draw you into its energetic, wistful, and stylized vibe as skillfully as anything you’ve ever heard. Songs that deserve repeated exploration. Songs that will rekindle your excitement about creative music.
Not least, ”You Cannot Hide (Your Hide Is Mine)” and “I Don’t Want To Lose But Who Would Want To”, which is my absolute favorite track. It displays an uncanny vocal, stuck somewhere between classic Supertramp, U2 and ultra-modern Gotye. There are no catchy hooks, power riffs or repetitive patterns in the music by Girls With Depression, just layers of incredibly sophisticated songwriting. Which like a web, weaves infinite, interlacing threads of sound an emotion.
I like music that gives emotions, over and above the technical content, and these Ep’s do just that! I particularly love musicians who let their emotions take control of their songs, rather than standing in a studio trying to hit every note perfectly. I think Cy Brazanthr’s vocals says volumes about his talent, he doesn’t sound like anyone else.
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Musically these Ep’s rock; everything is played superbly and with heart. Yet it never once sounds like Girls With Depression are striving for sonic perfection or trying desperately to reach ‘the next level’. The music just floats, all by itself, effortlessly…to the top!
Besides the exuberant titles, each song has its own personality and life, and they are all different. Each song on the album is distinct, unpredictable, and memorable, with different timbres and instruments flavoring the songs. There are few tracks you’ll be hearing on the airwaves from these Ep’s, as creativity is not a priority on Radio, so check these out now, before you can’t find them anywhere…and you’ll be sorry, believe me!
Listening to “Songs for Celebrities To Listen To” and “I Think I’m Funny But I Totally Am”, only gets better every time. The lyrics are more creative and the instrumentation is amazing. If you only listen once or twice and give up on it, then you’re probably going to be missing some of the best indie music of the year!
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