It took me 2 minutes and 42 seconds to take a liking to Brendan Boogie’s I Hate New York EP. You see, at exactly that moment in the title track there is a killer multi-part harmony that completely surrounds you. It’s mesmerizing. The song has a Simon & Garfunkel feel to it, with an arrangement that reminds me of “The Boxer” at times.
Brendan Boogie continues the shaking off of his bubblegum pop persona with this release. His originals have taken on a darker tone. Songs titles like “I Want To Be Rented” and “Empty” are reflective of their lyrical content. I Hate New York closes with a well arranged cover of Dire Straits’ “So Far Away” that finds Mr. Boogie accompanied by acoustic guitar, viola, harmonium and glockenspiel.
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