Vipid Gets Scenic on New Release Memories
Not often, but sometimes, it’s possible for an artist—such as Vipid, coming out of sunny Southern California by way of the Midwest—to give away his whole agenda on a particular body of work merely by the titles.
Take Vipid’s most recent offering, the appropriately titled “Memories”. Just a run down of his titles alone reveals exactly what the producer and instrumentalist is coming with, and what you can look forward to. He’s got tracks entitled “Late Night”, “Dawn”, “Vista”, “Lavender Sunset”, and “Night Tides”.
Without even putting an ear to this album, you can already envision the lengthy buildups, conspicuously devoid of drums, accompanying most of these numbers. If you listen hard enough you maybe even able to hear his pensive, reflective musings on the keys—which themselves are a wonderful hodgepodge of classic, almost 80’s or 70’s sounding electric pianos and modern synths. You can already dig the laid back, easy mid-tempo pace of most of these songs, and picture giving them plenty airplay parked alone with you and yours some night, or maybe early morning for you truly late nighters, overlooking the lights of the city or perhaps the call of a venturing, rambling forest.
In this respect, which is pretty much the only way that matters, Vipid delivers hands down. He’s managed to craft a collection of cohesive mood music that is ideal for ruminations, perhaps some quiet time alone between two, or even something ripe to pop off or flame on to—if that’s your thing.
The best facet about “Home”, which kicks off the album, is that it stays in this spacey, ethereal vein for its entire duration (little over a minute), without the need or desire for any sort of drums. Most of the synth work is elongated with sounds that go on and on before fading into one another, which is the case on “Memories”, although the artist adds a delicious amount of wavering effects to enhance the mood.
However, the tracks work best when he tops his chord heavy keyboard work with a lead. “Memories” does so with what sounds like a tubed guitar, although it could just as easily be some other type of electro sound. “Vista” really makes it happen with a huge, perfectly pitched snare riding a variation of the four-on-the-floor drum pattern, before unveiling a similar sounding lead that could also be guitar related.
You’ll want to bring this one with you on any type of midnight ride, trust.