…endless search for meaning, BIRTHDAY DAD The Hermit
by Walter Price
I was introduced to Birthday Dad through a quirky and oddly framed music video for his LA-centric “Hollywood Forever Cemetery”. A track that led me to his subtly brilliant LP, The Hermit. A set for the die-hardiest of musical geeks. The 9-track album finds the Turlock songwriter moving easily between Adam Green, Ben Folds, and Eels soundscapes with hints of R.E.M. and influenced with splashes of alien mind control (allegedly).
Highlights to nerd out to are the pixie-dusted “Fountain of Youth”, the who needs us anyway “Spleen”, invisibility is real “TV Dinner” and, of course, the before-mentioned “Hollywood Forever Cemetery”. But be a mensch and take the entire album for a ride. It’s as introspective and self-deprecating as it is a fascinating romp of an experience. Something new around every verse and unexpecting production twists just about everywhere you land.
You can stream The Hermit in full, here at the GTC.
BIRTHDAY DAD The Hermit
Artist photo via Facebook
Written and performed by Alex Periera
Mixed by George Gadd
Mastered by Nathan Hussey
Matthew Stenfort – drums
Will Schade – saxophone
Jess Townsend – violin
Tom Mcluskey – cello
Matt Neufeld – trumpet
David Garrett – additional bass
Alex Clarke – singing saw
“Incredibly proud to present my debut album, The Hermit, streaming everywhere now. I’m so proud of these 9 songs and I hope they eventually mean as much to you as they do to me.” – Birthday Dad (Facebook)