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Forrest Day
Forrest Day
Ninth Street opus
www.forrestday.com


Picture this; a freefall from thousands of feet up, with no life preserver in sight. Hurtling toward the ground at high speeds like this is fun for no one, unless of course you're spiraling downwards into a mixture of sounds, colors and rhythms made of gelatinous wonder! With a Lego style setup of a suicide jumper on the edge of a tall building as an album cover, this is reminiscent of the intensity of Forrest Day's track list.

The self-titled album Forrest Day takes a truly unique plunge into how its genre is heard. Snazzy, fast melodies and randomly odd pairings with saxophone and violins make for an "ear-gasm" of sound, not normally heard on your everyday album. Amongst the orgy of genres is hip hop, reggae, rock, punk and a few other influences. In an interview with the lead vocalist Day himself, he speaks of recording almost every track on analog tape and then using ProTools to edit and manipulate them. This is entirely evident in the fact that the whole album doesn't sound "over produced" as projects like these usually do.

The opening song "Sleepwalk" details Day's interesting night habits. Apparently he falls under the lucky few who take a stroll in their slumber. He leaps backwards and forward again from a slow R&B style vocal to a fast paced spoken-word form to represent his sleep tantrums. Sublime, old school Fred Durst, and Barenaked Ladies share a lot of resemblances in the way his message is delivered and he even sounds like bits of them at times, but clearly maintains his own raspy style. Most of the tracks are up tempo and heavy on syncopation and accented upbeats, which really drives home the reggae feel I mentioned. The track "Hoarders" has a peaceful start, with sultry guitar bass, soft piano, and a slow and elegant drum build. Forrest let's his liberal views loose on a politically lyrical rampage that matches the build, making for a great goosebump flare at its height of climax.

For the most part the album is creatively put together, however, the theme of the album is somewhat lost due to the fact that the topics jump spontaneously. As long as the listener doesn't mind a lottery drawing of subjects being thrown at them, I'd say Forrest Day has left a brilliant stamp on the world of recording artists and look forward to their legacy.

-B.J. Robinson

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