A truly tender piece of twee pop, Theredspirit goes for a lo-fi surrealism on the psychedelic “Rebel Without French Fries”. Everything about the album has a heartfelt deeply loved quality to it from the low-key guitar riffs to the understated rhythms that drive the album forward. The true heart and soul of the album comes from his impeccable vocals. With a dream-like trance to them they opt for a poetic beauty. Sung from on high they swirl around the mind with a luxurious air. Stylistically Theredspirit is very much rooted in a twee pop tradition, bringing in elements of shoegaze, dream pop, and indie rock to create a sense of otherworldliness.
Theredspirit draws from a rich tradition of iconoclasts. Elements of playfulness recall Galaxie 500’s blurred sense of beauty as everything works together into a singular whole. His intimate vocals recall the Widest Smiling Faces, as he too goes for a hushed awe that helps to draw the listener into another world. Beyond this, the tactile twee pop mannerisms follow some of the simple yet effective lo-fi aesthetics of the Marine Girls in terms of the effective nature of the lyricism, words that pierce the very soul. Relationships, navigating the world, and self-reflection all rise up from these spirited pieces.
Playful to its very core “You and My Doggo” works wonders in setting the tone for what follows. Angular guitar brings a great degree of light into the mix making it a pure joy. Much more reflective is the spacious meditation of “Lucky Day”. The pastoral beauty of “Your Mind” offers a delicate story, one that feels so soothing. Virtually washing over the listener there is a reassurance placed right in the center of everything. Fragile little riffs scurry about on the teeming “Just a Stranger” with a honeyed chorus that sounds so full of love. On “Ever Since You Ditched Me” a bit of chamber pop enters into the fray.
Giddiness bursts out of the tremendous energy of “Venom Apple” which builds and builds. Quite sprawling is the epic trip of “Everything Feels Like a Dream” where a bit of the Elephant6 Collective’s late 60s pop roots reveal themselves. Pulsing rhythms anchor the beating heart of “Miracles”. Akin to a long-lost AM pop hit is the soulful swing of “Because We Can”. Nimble percussion skitters about on the edges of the woozy “Daydream Trippers”. Like a half-waking dream is the warmth of the finale “Every Night of Silence”.
“Rebel Without French Fries” shows off Theredspirit’s unique style in creating something truly spellbinding.