Lately, I’ve been feeling really driven to do something with my life. I’m coming to the end of my college career and it’s absolutely daunting that, in less than a year, I’ll be expected to become an “adult.” Suddenly, I find myself thrown into unknown territory where I’m looking up grown-up jobs, possible graduate schools, insurance, and ways to move to Canada.
What can I say, I’m ready for a change of pace.
Since I was a kid, I never really felt determined to do anything with life, nor would I try to pursue any sort of dream I may have had. This was mainly due to my wanting to become a pastry chef which my dad laughed away, though it is now a much beloved hobby. One of the perks of my college experience is that I’ve been able to fight for music in a way I’ve never fought before – I’ve dabbled in DJing, reviewed musicians and albums, and even started this lovely blog for you beautiful readers.
I’ve been lucky to find my passions at a young age, and have these seemingly different worlds connect so well with each other. Japan, music, and baking have collectively made me a person I’m proud of.
Okay, sentimental time is over, let’s cue in some new tunes by Ali Barter.
What initially drew me to this girl was that Thrupence did the artwork for her Trip cover, and it is absolutely stunning. I’m drooling into my beer bottle like a freshman due to pretty-overload, pardon me.
1. Run You Down
I don’t often write on non-electronic music, but when I do it happens to be groovy folk jams. Ali Barter opens up with smooth vocals over a lush melody of piano, guitar, and drums. The haunting lyrics of “I’ve been trying to run you down,” sets a darker mood for the EP, by lyricism at least. It reminds me of Rachel Yamagata meeting Ben Kweller and having a nice cup of coffee. Not quite as grunge feeling but there’s some sort of groove the different artists play on. This is a sweet track and Barter does a fantastic job of creating a song that would do well in live performances.
2. Riding Bikes at Night
This is a favorite of mine off the EP. Since I’m not usually one for lyrics in songs, this was a change of pace for me because I found myself more partial to the words than just the melody. It’s the layering she does with the instrumental making a perfect compliment to her voice. An absolute beauty.
3. Little Bruises
This is a quieter song off the EP and probably one of the saddest songs she bequeaths onto us. I can’t help but stare out the window and fall into a quiet flood of memories of past people I’ve dated. This is another favorite of mine because of how adept she is at writing lyrics. Must be all that Australian air going to her brain. Instrumentally, the guitar stands out the most for me, with the drums adding a nice nostalgic mood.
“Marigold” is the most folk-oriented song Barter gives us. It continues with a quieter feel that “Little Bruises” introduced to us. It’s a sweeter song, thankfully taking away from the sadder qualities of the EP as a whole. I say this with a grain of salt because it is still a melancholic song in general. The highlights here are the guitars with Barter’s soothing voice over it.
Thrupence and Ali Barter are just adding to my desire of adventuring to Australia. Maybe that will be my treat next year.