Vericoovenir is a side project of Buffalo, NY artists Steve Giamberdino (vocals) and Brandon Schlia (instrumentation/production) along with Derick Evans adding some additional guitar and keys. They recently released Dream Points in Bluish which they say “is maximalist energetic bedroom psychedelic pop.”
“I'm Out Here” is the opener and starts with a catchy vocal melody, drums, bass, and guitar. I love sound the spaghetti western guitar on this song. The song goes into these directions I was not expecting but seriously enjoyed. There’s almost a dreamy cartoonish quality to some of it and it ends with this dissonant soundscape I loved. I was seriously impressed by the opener in how it seamlessly blended genres and styles. It felt very original.
The band knocks it out of the park with “Ham Parade.” It’s a heartfelt song and there’s a warm mix of instrumentation here. Similar to the previous song the band is able to blend different tones, textures and colors. They make it seem easy. Fantastic song and was I looking forward to what else came ahead.
“Glamour Hammer” drives in its own unique way. It’s fun and I loved the groove. There are novel surprises around every corner. I was feeling a little bit of LCD Soundsystem on this song. “Merchants” certified my vote for Top Album. This song has a ’90s alternative vibe in the spirit of a band like Pavement that blends with their somewhat unusual transitions including an almost funky and sensual section.
“Time Is A Dime” is perhaps a little ‘deeper’ sounding then the previous song. It’s more cerebral and reminded me of The Local Natives at points. There are some catchy vocal parts as well and the song continues to a satisfying crescendo.
“Hypoxia” is pure fun and about a minute and half of ’80s sounding Huey Lewis and the News taken and stirred upside down. They somehow continue to find new places to explore with “There’s Always Someone” which is sort of deep but fun while the closer “A Cowboy Never Waves” features haunting vocal harmonies and some killer bass and piano parts.
This is one of those albums that barely makes sense to me. They recorded this DIY style and the vocals were apparently recorded with an iPhone. This album shouldn’t sound as good as it does. As for the music I thought Dream Points in Bluish was one of the best releases I’ve heard in the last year. Highly recommended.
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