Teddy Watson’s smooth and translucent vocals are the driving force for each and every song on the Self Titled release. The smooth, polished and soft toned sounds of Teddy’s vocals fuse with the energetic upbeat pop synth sounds. This smooth and soft toned sound creates one of my favourite aspects of the album where there are areas in songs such as “A Good Child Sings A Good Song” for example where Teddy could raise his vocals a few keys higher but he still keeps his vocals grounded and keeps with the steady tone of the song.
The album starts off with a hypnotic mainly instrumental number which slowly builds the atmosphere of the album. The track is actually titled “Untitled”, not sure if this is on purpose or Teddy just couldn’t come up with a title for the piece. The track has a bit of a transformation as the song progresses from a hypnotic backing track to a pop driven song which forms a base for the banjo which is also played by Teddy.
Now Teddy has a bit of help with the lead vocals in a couple of tracks as he adds a bit of star power with Abigail Breslin singing in the tracks “Westfjords” and “Within Me A Lunatic Sings”.”Westfjords” brings you the first listen to Abigail’s soft vocals which are a perfect match to that of Teddy’s vocals. The harmonizing between Abigail and Teddy go hand in hand. This song definitely has a nod and aura sound to the 80’s especially within the keys which are played by Brad Whiteley. The sound of the rhythm of the tom drums are cleverly “hidden” in the song as they are just noticeable enough to keep the rhythm of the song going as Abigail and Teddy are singing. The ending to the song is about thirty seconds of drawn out harmonized vocals playing overtop of an acoustic guitar, such a fitting end to the song.
Up next is a personal reflection about the adventure Teddy made to Iceland, and the song is fittingly titled “Half Awake In Reykjavik”. The composition of the song is well put together to form a song that is well beyond what you may expect. The keys/synth and drums create a well balanced sound and create the lead and control the full impact of the song. The song almost leaves its pop jazz presence behind later on in the song and begins to grow into something completely new almost leading your ears into a newly formed dance track, but the ending to the track throws a silk blanket of mystery onto the track.
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