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Behind The Booths
In today’s music industry, the average full-length album is anywhere from 10-12 songs. Anything beyond that is typically released as a b-side, either sold separately or as part of a deluxe album. This was the approach taken by Bryce Avery, also known as The Rocket Summer, who originally had 15 songs on his album Life Will Write The Words. To keep the album at a reasonable length, Avery whittled the original 15 down to 12, and released the remaining three as part of a B-Sides Single Series.
The three songs in the series, “Cars and Pixies (Happy New Year),” “Anna,” and “Not Right,” may have been released separately but when put together they document a journey. From start to finish, they offer advice on starting again, fighting through the hard times, and searching for help when things aren’t right.
“Cars and Pixies (Happy New Year)” is quietly hopeful, with soothing harmonies over upbeat and playful guitar chords. It’s the vocal melodies and lyrics that make this song memorable though: Avery’s delivery of lines like, “The Cars and the Pixies/and the Cure ain’t gonna fix me/So please miss, kiss me,” has a sweet, sing-song quality that give the track a subtle grace. He ends it by begging the question: “Who says it has to be the New Year to start a new year?”
“Anna,” the second track in the b-sides series, ends up the typical middle child in this group of three. The vocals often sound mumbled, making it difficult to discern the lyrics. Which is unfortunate because the message, that some of the best things can come from the worst places, is lost. And with nothing truly impressive to latch on to, the track becomes a blur of background noise.