David Allred, from Portland, Oregon plays a type of minimal alternative folk music. He is inspired by great singer songwriters such as Nick Drake and Elliott Smith. He also cites another great, Peter Broderick as an influence. Broderick produced Midstory and played an impressive amount of the instruments too.
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I asked to hear vocal harmonies today, and the several thousand bosses we have here at the corporate Norman Records Superbowl Franchise have delivered quite benevolently: between the Beach Boys on the stereo and David Allred on my headphones, I’ve got plenty of communal singsong to be thankful for. On ‘Midstory’ opener “Don’t You Wish”, Allred’s contented hum is merely at the centre of a mantelpiece of voices, each singer dovetailing into their own version of his story of homesickness -- taking his song for their own, rather than merely contributing to it.
What a nice idea, but we’re ultimately taken down David Allred’s path, told the troubles of a singer-songwriter through a record of quiet coos and strums in the vein of Jose Gonzalez and Jim Guthrie; slow, plaintive, and delightfully unexciting, but as well ornamented as Nigel Farage’s living room of china beer bottles (I assume? What a dick, though). Allred’s knack for instrumentation is marvellous and strange, sometimes as ludicrous in its baroque inclinations as Andrew Bird (look to “Running out of Color”, which bubbles with the promise of light jazz but seems to dissolve it at every turn), and at times like “Fly Again”, throwing things at the wall and sees if they’ll stick. Ah, the ol’ synth and sax chestnut.
Allred’s sound is not necessarily new, but it is unique: he sublimates a great deal of chaos into what is ultimately a relaxing and deeply chilled record. Think Eric Chenaux after moving house, and you’ve got ‘Midstory’ -- nicely picked acoustic tunes, bizarre everything else.
9/10 BanditoAndriko Customer review, 28th May 2015
This record is the story of two good friends: the producer and musician, Peter Broderick and the artist himself, David Allred!
It's the first physical release from David Allred after releasing 6 digital only albums.
After buying and loving the new album of Peter Broderick, ''Colours Of The Night'', this album entered my record player and did not left it until now!
This record is a grower, with each listening. The arrangements have a high musical quality, very minimal, very acoustic, very clever.
And although it's a very quiet, soft one, it never loses it's tension, from the beginning until the end!
I could end up with typical things you always read in reviews, like ...it sounds like X and Y, but I would not do it, because of respect for the artist and his producer.
I only say: This record is for all the people out there who are interested in real deep music, that comes from the heart!
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