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Album Review

One-man band This Song Is a Mess But So Am I (aka Freddy Ruppert) isn't very interested in metaphors. He prefers to state exactly what he's thinking and doesn't feel the need to sugarcoat any of it. So the fact that his EP, Marble Mouth, contains songs like "Is This Childish Enough Sean Ford?" (in response to a certain music writer's criticism of his debut album), Church Point, LA, "Lonely Way," about his father's loneliness, and "Brother," about well, his brother, isn't much of a surprise. Neither is the fact that This Song Is a Mess But So Am I's music is quite, um, messy. While some of it, like the aforementioned "Lonely Way," which has comprehensible New Order-ish vocals over a desolate, new wave-inspired beat, has some structure to it, most of the other tracks seem to be formed by sporadic, convulsing hand movements that hit various keyboard and drum programming buttons almost at random. "Faces," with its assaulting noise and hollow synth reference to "Hot Cross Buns," must be what it sounds like to be stuck inside a video game, and while "Congratulations" does incorporate some techno-inspired beats, there's such a barrage of other gritty, angry noises, that's it's hard to understand how, exactly, it works as a song. Ruppert has admitted to using his music as a way to vent his emotions and to express himself, which is as worthy of a reason as any, but Marble Mouth is so unstructured that it's really more of a self-indulgent album than anything that could serve as catharsis or inspiration. There's feeling here, but that's about all.

Customer Reviews

Best release from TSIAM thus far...

This is not for the average listener - more for the fans of older Xiu Xiu and Larsen. The style, for those who've never heard, could be described as 'art rock' - rather cacophenous, but compelling sounds, which might be appropriate as the score to a Mad Max film. This is much more musical than his previous work, and you could easily see how the technique applied here could be used to create epic electronic rave anthems - but instead, this is thoughtful yet pained and personal music. Abrasive at times to be sure, but worth a listen for those who crave more than fluff.

Freddy is Telling the Truth

When i watch Freddy play, I don't get the feeling that he is trying to do anything but share a bit of himself, which gives us in the audience the freedom to do the same thing. The live performance makes a big difference. Freddy adds enough sincerity to the LA underground to compensate for a bit of the pretention in this city.

Biography

Born: 2003 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Originally started in 2003 as a way for sole bandmember Freddy Ruppert to deal with his mother's death from cancer, This Song Is a Mess But So Am I's mix of noise, electronica, and pop was made public in 2004 with Church...
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