Written by Maria Arroyo
The genre-bending duo, Woody and Jeremy, have recently shared their self-released sophomore album, Gravy in My Coffee. This release is far more different than the first, as they blur the lines between their “traditional musical roles” and allow themselves to dive in headfirst to create this unorthodox album.
Gravy in My Coffee is best described as a “crowded plate where punk, funk, indie, and psych sit side-by-side, smothered in delicious homemade gravy.”
Their opening track, “Rolling in the Basement,” is the epitome of their “plate full of genres” statement. They create an interesting texture within the instrumentation of the song while “He’s Cass McCombs” tells a story about Cass McCombs buying a loaf of bread with a fun and catchy bass melody.
The track, “Closed Eyes,” highlights the more “conventional” aspects of songwriting and storytelling, which I appreciated. This track created a different kind of laid-back energy that’s not shown in the other songs.
Their next track, “Fleet of a God,” changes the direction of the album with even more attention to the structure of the song and an interesting techno aspect that was a pleasant surprise. I think there was a more somber mood that presented itself in the song, which again, helps shape the changes in the album as a whole.
Their title track, “Gravy in My Coffee,” interestingly enough is only about 33 seconds, and feels more like a passageway to the next song rather than the staple that a title track usually has, but still a neat little song nonetheless.
“Behold a Pale Rider” is another strange song that feels more like a peek into Woody and Jeremys’ stream of consciousness because the idea behind the song didn’t really seem to show itself. I couldn’t pinpoint what the song was about or the purpose it served for the album either.
Lastly, their closing track, “She’s a Stone,” is a nice and easygoing end to Gravy in My Coffee. I love the use and placement of the synth, and I think it was just a beautiful ending to an eclectic album.
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