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Andy the Doorbum & Justin Aswell's Intent 

Fake Four; Release Date: May 27, 2016

Good luck describing this one, not that it's completely off-the-wall. But it sounds just like you might think when you combine the folk-based singing/growling of Andy the Doorbum with the production and beats of Justin Aswell. It's unlike anything either has created, and yet there's a familiarity.

The rhythms can get frantic on the album opener, "It's Relative," with Andy's straight-forward, raspy vocals keeping it grounded. "Liars" offers a sparse piano opener before Andy sings on top of the rolling Portishead-esque beat.

"Unsetting Sun" had an Orthodox element in its simplistic sing-talking, while an orchestral backdrop created a stunning backdrop to set against. Sporadic animal noises from time to time were also a nice touch. "Short Term" is borderline chanting while "Heat Lightning" offers spoken word.

Before heading out West, Andy the Doorbum was constantly striving to push Charlotte's notion of art to its limits and focus on the art as a whole through his performances. Intent is a reminder of his talents as a musician and lyricist while also serving as an education of sorts of the wide range of sonic backdrops Aswell can create.

The fact these two talented artists would get together and create something so outside of the box from their typical work, while pushing the comfort zone and seeing where new art can lead is inspiring, to say the least. Keep an eye out for any shows when Andy returns to town — they're always worth catching, especially if Aswell's on board.

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