Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this morning’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we return our gaze to Voice in the Attic, the artistic moniker of B.C. Bogey, an award-winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Last time we checked in on Bogey, he had released ‘After Songdown’ a remarkable record I explored in great depth nearly two years ago. The songwriter is back, however, and he has a new single entitled ‘Thought.’ Does it stand tall against its remarkable predecessor? Let’s delve into it and find out!
‘Thought,’ as Voice in the Attic describes it, is “a little think piece.” Thus, it’s certainly steeped in traditional early 1970s singer songwriter introspection. This can often be treacherous territory for independent artists because they run the risk of entering the realm of cliche, but Voice in the Attic navigates away from that especially well, as he has done in the past. His performance feels intensely personal and passionate, which gives it an aura of authenticity.
The sound has a beautifully contemporary flair to it, aligning sonically with some of Voice in the Attic’s previous work. I’ve previously compared his music to Eddie Vedder’s acoustic ventures, and that parallel is still profoundly apt. ‘Thought’ is orchestrated beautifully with subtle percussion and melodic acoustic guitars, but there’s an edge lent to it by Bogey’s growly voice. In the two years since I dug into Voice in the Attic’s last record, Bogey’s voice still remains one of the most poignant and recognizable in the indie music scene.
Lyrically, the song is quite splendid, albeit embracing brevity. The song wanders in melancholy territory that alludes to Bogey losing a relationship of some sort, perhaps even one that he never expected to lose. “I thought there was more,” he croons. “I thought we were taller. I thought there was poetry in music.” In the vein of his previous work, Bogey remains as lyrically compelling as ever.
‘Thought’ doesn’t attempt to blow down any new doors or astound the listener. It’s a lovely acoustic singer songwriter ballad that aligns thematically with many of its genre counterparts. It is, however, an exceptionally well performed and produced endeavor in that arena, far exceeding the typical “singer songwriter” that comes across my desk on a near-daily basis. Voice in the Attic continues to be one of the most fascinating and consistently excellent indie acts around.