scaresthedaylights, a project by Brooklyn-based indie singer-songwriter Neil Lipuma, release their third album “Come On”. Recorded at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn during the autumn and winter of 2012, “Come On” was inspired by depression, loneliness, joy and hope.
Mellow, catchy, thoughtful, groovin’, it’s all here. This is the kind of music without any special effects and without exaggerations. It simply makes you absorb the effects of its core expression – the songs. Neil Lipuma keeps his melodies clear and simple which allows him to flex the emotions of his voice and allows the listener to explore the depth and weight of his lyrics.
Lipuma sings and plays what he thinks and feels, and that’s a refreshing change from a music scene dominated by artists who perform and sound good, but from the outside you get the feeling that the songs don’t really mean anything to them. From the opening line of the album, “I’ve been wronged,” you can tell Lipuma doesn’t fall into that trap. His songs are utterly convincing, allowing listeners to immerse themselves into his beautifully crafted and honest music.
The songs on “Come On” have a peculiar quality, in that they can be surprisingly driving and powerful when you crank up the volume, yet pleasantly soft and sweet when you play it quietly in the background. The scaresthedaylights project combines excellent songwriting and musicians who together create a unique chemistry that you can’t find in that many bands these days.
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The scaresthedaylights project on “Come On” features Neil Lipuma (voice, piano, wurlitzer, acoustic guitar, percussion, synthesizers), Marc Cantone (guitars, drums, voice, piano, percussion, synthesizers) of the band The City and Horses and Katie Ender (cello, vocals, bass, string arrangements); both of whom were instrumental in the creation of scaresthedaylights.
“Come On” features 10-tracks that covers it all, from what Lipuma says was a track inspired by depression, “Deep Dark Black” to the boisterous brass-tinged mover, “Out Of The City”, and through to the almost REM sounding “Bully” and “Jelly Jam 92”, to the aggressive foot-stomper, “Hopeboat”, and on to the ethereal “Wake Takes Us In” which was inspired by the oil painting ‘Sirens’ by Michael X. Not forgetting my absolute favorites, “Waking Life” and “Steep”, which close the album down.
“Come On” by scaresthedaylights is highly recommended to anybody who appreciates good music; who likes meaningful arrangements with subtle nuances and profound lyrics; who likes to listen to an album from cover to cover, without skipping one single track. The power, energy, originality, creativity and above all, the simplicity in this album is amazingly seductive to the ear.