Boomkat Product Review:
San Franciscan singer-songwriter Ral Partha Vogelbacher is likely to divide opinion: on the one hand his threadbare acoustic balladeering will endear many fans of clever-clogs Americana from Silver Jews to Destroyer, but it might equally irritate them: in lyrical terms these songs can all too often seem a tad frivolous in their tangential, nonsensical diatribes about nothing in particular, but on the other hand, it's probably better to be whimsical and aloof than it is to be Hard-Fi, or something. You'd probably be happier to knuckle down and decipher the lyrics if there was a bit more musical gravitas to provide sustenance, but there's little more than loose strumming here. There are shades of The Mountain Goats on 'I Must Stop Liking Girls Who Already Have Boyfriends', which reinforces the notion that if you give this enough time and attention, you'll find some hidden insights buried in these recordings. 'The Sunshine Hates Your Guts...' is probably the most unreservedly successful track of the three, featuring some doubled up vocals and a bit of instrumental multitracking to hold your attention while lines about "vampire slayers" and "basketball players" cruise by without explanation. Fleetingly this presents the illusion that you're listening to lost demos by Syd Barrett or Elliott Smith, but most of the time it sounds like the confused bedroom recordings of your slacker housemate who still hasn't started looking for a job despite having left university 18 months ago.