The title of this EP caught me. Today was a rough day. It started with a migraine, continued with a hellish day at the day job, and is now at the point where I have a lot of energy but know I should really go to bed. Throughout the day, my mind has been all over the place. Frantic and anxious for really no good reason– I honestly just need someone to say that “we’ll be fine”. I know nothing about Andy and was only introduced to him through a random email I got a couple of weeks ago but I’m optimistic that this quick five-song EP may be just what I need tonight.
I felt a warm blanket come over me as “words” took over my speakers. The lo-fi vibes of this track rise and fall all the while the almost hidden vocals bring a sense of comfort through it all. It’s an electronic and beat-heavy track that doesn’t usually bring a sense of calm but somehow, the way that Andy does it, it is absolutely calming and relaxing. The instrumentation overpowers the vocals ever so slightly but never completely engulf the words. It’s a dangerous line that Andy is walking with this track but it does it effortlessly.
“move” has a bit of a more upbeat feeling to it while still relating back to “words”. The vocals come with a little bit more power which, with lyrics like this, they should The words are lonely at times but also supportive and lovely. The electronic-sounding drum beat is steady but the other instrumentation rises and falls to meet the vocals in that perfect unbalanced balance that Andy Bleifer does so perfectly.
I instantly fell head over heels for “you”. The vocals really take the spotlight in this one and you really get to hear just how tenderly each word is conveyed over the radio waves. There’s something super warm about this song that I just could not get enough of. Although it’s still very much like the other tracks with its calming nature, there’s just something about it that makes it stand out and captivates you. I was so struck by this song that the beginning of “time” was a bit of a shock with its powerful guitar part that starts the song. The vocals in “time” have a sense of power that I would have loved to hear in the first few tracks but I loved how it was saved for this track. Throughout all of these songs, there are waves of volume. Those waves seem to be dramatized in this track with a cool wavey vocal effect heard throughout this track. The guitars come in and out throughout this song like perfect bursts of energy while still keeping the sound cool, calm, and collected.
This quick EP closes with “we’ll be fine”. This is the track I was waiting for just based on the title and it did not let me down. Like “you”, the vocals take the spotlight in this track while a dancey beat comes in behind and really drives the song home. Out of all of the tracks, this one had the most mainstream vibe to it and I could absolutely see this being a single that gets out there and turns some heads.
I’ll be honest, Andy Bleifer’s ‘We’ll Be Fine’ is not my typical listen but it was definitely a fun one and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this quick release. There’s a huge market for this sound and I truly think it’s just a matter of time before Andy Bleifer’s name is up there with some of the greats in this ever-growing lo-fi-ish, electronic-ish, warm-and-fuzzy-ish scene.
My Favorite Track(s): “you”
For Fans Of: Lo-fi Vibes; Electronic Sounding Instrumentation
Daydream-ability: 5 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie laid right next to my desk; Autumn slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 4 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 5 out of 10
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