I know I have been slacking on the album reviews lately and I am so sorry! Trying to find a balance between work and now the resurgence of live music has me feeling exhausted by the time I get home. No need to fear, my schedule will be changing soon giving me more time to do reviews (more on that later) but, in the meantime, I have a free night tonight so let’s dig into my overflowing stack of music to review starting with ‘TIFFY EP’ by, well, Tiffy!
Before I jump into this, let me just say that I so love cassettes. I think I mentioned it a couple of posts ago but I’m seeing an influx of cassette submissions and I am so here for it. I was excited as I popped this lilac/blue cassette in and hit play and let “Thanksgiving Pt. II” take over my house. A little lo-fi styled but with a little dancey beat behind raw vocals, I was instantly in love and found myself being pulled into TIFFY’s world without hesitation. The raw style of vocals may not be for everyone, I realize this, but they are right up my alley. With echoed vocals repeating “At least I’m aware” before the song shoots into an almost ambient and spacey part and ramping back up into a big sound, I found myself falling for every word that TIFFY was singing just due to her word choice and vocal styling.
“90s Teen Movie” was an instant favorite of mine. It’s just a bit sweeter than “Thanksgiving Pt.II” with the whole delivery. I absolutely loved the dreamscape that this song created and, as a 90s baby, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the words. I’ll admit that this song is a bit slower than I tend to go for but there’s just something so emotionally drenched about it while it stays simple and light feeling overall. Really, this is a stellar showing of TIFFY’s talent and it made me start dreading the impending end to this four-track EP.
Things amp back up and bring a bit more of an edge to the table for “I’m Not Equipped For This”. If you like Vundabar, you will love this track. There’s something about the guitar tone and overall song structure that instantly made me think of that band which was truly thrilling. Beyond the tone, the guitar part, overall, is just ridiculously earwormy. I’m sure I will have the line of notes stuck in my head as I try to fall asleep later tonight. Again, TIFFY’s vocals bring an emotional edge to the more upbeat mood of this track which I really loved.
This quick EP ends with “Always Disappointed (in Ab)”. This was the first song that I had heard from TIFFY and the reason I wanted to check out the entire EP. I will say, the first time I heard it, I was hesitant but TIFFY’s signature emotional vocals had me intrigued and I was wondering if they would reign supreme throughout an entire release from this Boston-based musician. As this song played through and left me in silence, I couldn’t help but just sit at my desk and nod. My instinct was right. This final song was my gateway drug into TIFFY and now that I’ve heard the entire EP, I just can not get enough of her!
My Favorite Track(s): “90s Teen Movie”
For Fans Of: Emotionally Drenched Lyrics; Raw Vocals; Light-hearted Instrumentation
Daydream-ability: 6 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie slept on the living room floor; Autumn slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 7.1 out of 10
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