BOBBY is your atypical folk group comprised of a little co-operative of label mates and college friends who after graduating from Bennington College moved into a house in a small Massachusetts town to create this interesting 12-song, self-titled debut. Less Americana and traditional folk, Bobby is a new age, avant-garde concept with synth-drenched tracks that should come with a warning label that states, "May cause drowsiness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while listening."
Despite Bobby's cheap cover art, the album is tasteful, naturally unwinding and lulling the listener into a state of unconsciousness with its keys, loops, percussion, and strings. The dreamy preface, "We Saw," opens with chilling chords that build into crescendoing chorale harmonies followed by the quirky synth effects and shaky rhythm of "Sore Spores." In the fluid "Ginger (Water Birth)," the synths and echoing vocals lap around soothing the listener into a deep slumber, while aptly named "Groggy" causes just that with its hypnotic ambient arrangement. Finally, the album closes with "The Shed" and its unearthly, electro-monastic chant that entrances and tranquilizes.
So to conclude, Bobby is an artful and complex album filled with strange rhythms, styles and sounds perfect for meditating and relaxing, but it's synth saturation is just not my cup of tea.
BOBBY - Ginger (Water Birth)