July 15, 2014

EP: Boy Spit - Everyone is Cool

Everyone is cool but Boy Spit is the coolest. 

In the spring of 2009, I made the rash decision to attend the University of Maryland after a girl on a journalism panel said she interviewed Vampire Weekend. I spent the following four months after sending in my acceptance debating my decision – was it going to be too bro-y? (Mostly). What if I never meet anyone cool? (I would). Right around this time, Baltimore crept up on my radar for its music scene. I would read about all the bands that were from there – Beach House! Animal Collective! Dan Deacon! – and think that it might not be so bad relocating to Maryland after all. It took until my senior year to finally get a chance to frequent the city and no, it wasn't what I imagined as a naive 18-year-old. I wasn't running into Panda Bear and Victoria Legrand at every show, but it still ruled pretty hard. By the time I begrudgingly moved back to New Jersey last summer, I found myself missing the city and all of its musical offerings. I know if I were to still living close to Baltimore, I would see Boy Spit at a show and immediately search for their latest album to review. But since I now live in Brooklyn I had to wait until I heard about them through the grapevine.

There's no particular sound of genre that's attached to Baltimore, but the first time I heard Boy Spit, I wouldn't necessarily peg them for residing in the city (or any city at all). I could see their first EP, Everyone is Cool, being recorded in a cabin tucked away somewhere in the Northeast (in a cool way, not a Bon Iver way). Opening track "Rivkah's Table" conjures up an image of a group of five friends sitting on a porch and messing with their instruments until the came up with the rickety and almost boisterous tune. There's a distinct thread of Americana and mid-century country music that runs through the EP, but not in way that makes it feel dated. It most resembles music by bands such as Lazer Zeppelin and Quilt – music with an tinge of old-timey feel and a sense of wistfulness. This comes through on the more upbeat tracks like "George" that's tightly-wound until it breaks up via a spoken word sample and the more drawling, understated songs like "No Values." On the last song on the album, "Snow Day", lead singer Suze lists off the different items she possesses over a repetitive beat with the subtle addition of strings. The song trucks along but not in a way that feels endless or boring – you just might not notice the time passing until you suddenly realize it's over.


Listen to Boy Spit on bandcamp.

Written by Emily Thompson