Do you know what sounds your brain makes when it’s high on antihistamines? I do. And so does San Francisco’s Charlie Yin. As Giraffage (Giraffe-age/Giraf-fage?), he balls up waves into tiny things, then lobs them onto a rhythm, one after the other. Much like a cough-induced migraine does to your temples. But this is the GOOD kind of erosion. The kind that can cause landslides of blank stares and slow head-rocking. His brand new 4-track Pretty Things EP was released May 1st. In the email he sent us, he recommended we focus on two songs: “Fnord” and “Waste Yr Time”. But all four songs serve a purpose to one another, lending an ease here and a soothe there. The opener, “A Bird In Hand”, is a rapid-transit air tunnel, bringing us straight to “Fnord” with plenty of scenery along the way. And “Eschaton” mimics a skipping record, stuck exactly on your favorite part. It can get old, but not for a few years yet. “Waste Yr Time” is actually the least of my favorites, with dragging synths and a chipmunk voice overlay. But considering the quality of production on all four songs, that’s not saying much. They’re all headphone worthy.
Download the Pretty Things EP for free at Giraffage’s Bandcamp (click “buy now”, and set price as zero). But we suggest giving a bit ‘o green. Quality deserves a quantity.
(The Pretty Things EP is available now)