em divitry / nutrition fun - "what is little"
[split seven inch]
two humans record two songs each, and each are quiet and sincere. songs of unassuming acoustic folk from boy and girl. self loathing songs for brush burned skin. real lo-fi. limited to only 200 in handmade covers. almost gone...
"sitting on the dock of the bay"
What is Little is about the as lo-fi as you can get. This split 7-inch sounds as if it was recorded by these musicians in their bedrooms, with the lights turned down low, and rain coming down outside. It's four subtle pop songs, all carrying with them some production issues. But beyond those issues, when you get down to it, these are delightful songs. And sometimes you have to look beyond the production quality and really listen to what these people are doing. Emily Devitry plays the acoustic guitar with a folkish air, but not too heavily folk. Her voice is subtle but pretty and steady, and her songs move with a slow, intricate pop feel. Nutrition Fun is similarily simple, with two songs comprising of a strummed electric guitar and male vocals, another lofty pop song that won't have you dancing but might have you smiling happily. "Song #1" from Devitry is about as bare as it gets. Devitry's voice is soft and sweet, sounding perfect for more bubblegum pop but singing with sincerity and steadiness. "Just want to reach out and touch you. Can you feel me?" she sings. Her voice doesn't change much, but it's pretty regardless. "Spare Parts" is the best of the two. With some more folkish guitar and the addition of piano and backing vocals, Devitry comes across much more feeling and personal. This song packs the punch of Jen Wood's more subtle songs, and you're left with a chilling feeling that you can just grasp what Devitry is singing for. "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" does not appear to be a Jimmy Buffet cover, thankfully. The song has a much more full sound, despite the fact that you're getting a single electric guitar and a single set of vocals. The vocals sound as if they're sung through a $1.99 mic, but it lends them something of a Guided By Voices quality. The song feels very lo-fi, but friendly and feeling regardless. "Disco Party" is probably the worst produced of the bunch, with feedback coming through. But the addition of backing vocals and, finally, drums to the same style as the first song makes this one even brighter, and the vocal inflection is nice. Some simple, friendly pop. Both of these bands are playing music because they enjoy it. They're carefully crafting these subtle pop songs not to be full-blown productions but to convey the message they want to send. Both could be so much more with a small studio and the addition of more drums or bass or additional guitar, but it's not really required. Just enjoy the songs themselves, because there's a lot there to enjoy. - delusions of adequacy
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There's lo-fi, and then there's What Is Little, in which a lightly strummed acoustic guitar guides dreary vocals through a self taught lesson in DIY-ness. As a matter of fact, these tunes are so stripped down that What Is Little may as well be playing in your living room, as everything from recording crackles to in-between-gasps for air can be heard. Innocent and unobtrusive, here's a good round of unassuming pop that sparkles with sincerity as simplicity quietly trickles from the speakers. - splendid