Disposable Pleasures and Meaningful Pursuits
Released: June 13 2011
Label: Do The Dog
By: Alexandra Lyon
Disposable Pleasures and Meaningful Pursuits by Drewvis is an album that has been effectively pulled out of the wilderness into the public eye.
Though not prominently well-known, Drewvis’ growing fan-base will no doubt fully appreciate the efforts of talented frontman Drew Bristow, and percussionist Sebastian Laverde. Self-managed, the duo have managed to assemble an admirable first effort at an LP, a simple, relaxed fusion of articulate, relevant lyrics and the mixture of crisp, precise guitar riffs and an irresistible reggae drum beat.
Their sound vocally is reminiscent of groups such as the Drums, in their acoustic sessions. The album, in terms of ambition, aims to brighten the mood of the listener through it’s light guitar hums and quirky use of maracas and woodblocks. The reggae-pop pic’n’mix of tracks is light-hearted and fun, a guaranteed smile-inducer when the clouds seem a bit greyer than usual.
Some notable songs on the album include Short Measures, which showcases their charming southern accents, over a clean and uncomplicated guitar melody and drum beat. They also make use of a layering technique with Bristow’s vocals, making one man sound like three; giving the track a more defined “band” feel.
Estoy Esperando featuring female vocalist Amanda Bes adds a new dimension to the album, including a Spanish lyrical section; giving the track a sunny feel and the quirky wisp of Euro-pop mixed with sounds of the Caribbean.
iWant, presumably a pun on the Apple iPod, shows another diverse feel of their music, introducing a bass guitar and a piano into the mix. Layered in ascending riffs, the track is again reminiscent of sounds heard on the continent, though this would be more likely to be heard in a back-street Italian café or pizzeria. Drewvis’ shining optimism is evident in every track, but notably in the pitch of the chords in the guitar’s upper registers and a very kooky sounding vocal, again, from Bristow.
The album on the whole is definitely one to hear if your mood’s not what it should be, as the sun practically shines into your ears through their happy sung/spoken choruses and hooks. The only real hindering point comes when most of the songs sound near enough identical. They have without doubt found their sound, and they realise what works for them as a duo, but there has to be an element of difference to some degree to maintain the listener’s complete interest if nothing else. The songs do seem to merge into each other, which if it were a narrative album would be perfectly acceptable, but it isn’t.
Drewvis – Short Measures