By Guest Contributor Kitty P.
While sitting back enjoying my night(cap) I put on Social Repose’s new EP Yalta. At first listen I’m in love. I decide not to jump the gun on this one however, since it’s a new artist to me and I don’t know what the album as a whole will sound like. So judgement aside, I allow my thoughts to stop, and my feelings to go. This EP gives off a good vibe, not overly cheery, not too sappy, amazing vocals, and it makes me feel good. I even get goosebumps from time to time. The melodies are making me smile (if you knew me, you’d be surprised.) If you’ve seen the newest video for “Island of Yours” off Yalta (which very much reminds me of my 20th birthday, but I digress,) then you know the headdress and makeup are a thing of the past. Says Social Repose creator Richie Geise “…it wasn’t purely for shock value… the video serves its purpose to challenge what it means to have an identity on the internet.” He’s made a scene, and this album allows him to make his place. Also, can we just address his dragging the laptop tied to his ankle? YES. I love when an artist can show he not only knows where he came from, but can make a statement about it too. Go watch the video NOW. PLEASE.
I’m a fan of lyricists. If you can’t write something that makes some kind of sense, (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Oh man, I’m going in…) I don’t want to hear it. The writing done by Giese on this EP is beautiful and haunting. Take “Demons” for example: “Darling I love you, but you love your demons more than you could ever love me.” Is he talking about me? That girl who smoked too many cigarettes and drank too many beers, all of them stained with black lipstick? Also if you love what music has to say, then please give “Arctic Eyes” a listen; it WILL make you cry!
Halfway into the album I’m feeling the emotion, in the best way possible. For a one man music project, Social Repose packs a serious punch. As far as Geise’s place in modern day music, he’s found quite a cozy spot. He displays some old school hardcore screams, mostly in the background, which is nice because it really allows his amazing vocals to shine through. If you’re a fan of Pop Punk, the song “Echo Fades” reminds me a lot of A Day To Remember, maybe because it’s acoustic, or maybe because Giese is just that good. Overall, this album is the best of everything I love in alternative/electronic music, with the addition of REAL, TRUE vocal talent as well as beautiful songwriting. I want you, every single one of you to go buy this, right now. Put it in your car’s CD player (or on your phone if you’re one of the cool kids) and thank me later.
Yalta is available for immediate download here.