Sometimes it’s nice to check in with old friends every now and then. Hello Julie, how’s it going? Hello Shane, how’s the new house coming along? Sally, no way! How are ya? Well, today it’s time to catch up with Hypocrite In A Hippy Crypt, a project of a singer-songwriter who very nicely trusted myself and my first music blog to review it’s debut album, Tweaker In The Park way back in 2011. Seven years later, two music blogs and three albums later, Hypocrite In A Hippy Crypt returns with new album Vegas of Feelings, so it makes sense to get reacquainted again.
One thing I’ve loved about HIAHC is the steady display of progression over the years. What started off as a primarily acoustic project has slowly introduced different elements of sound to various albums and singles, but Vegas Of Feelings fully embraces change. Opening track ‘The Locals’ fills the airwaves with a fully electric, almost-Americana sound with strong guitar chords and melodies that dabble in the strange. There’s an air of optimism to it, and it certainly rocks harder than any previous HIAHC album opener, that’s for sure.
Lead single ‘Neighbourhood Cats’ ushers in the more melancholy approach as minor chords are paired alongside melodies that duet nicely with the vocals, whilst the title track performs numerous diddys that would feel right at home at Caesar’s Palace. ‘Case of the Rewinds’ brings back the lo-fi vibes that made Tweaker In The Park stand out, and don’t even get me started on the smooth sounds of ‘This Never Happens’. Ooof.
Vegas Of Feelings is a great album. Hypocrite In A Hippy Crypt has produced another solid record that details just how far he’s come along as a singer-songwriter. This complete embrace of the electric sound really strikes hot as each of the songs featured have a really well-rounded sound that makes me want to experience it all over again. It’s good stuff.