Thursdays With J.R. – Rupe

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

“Growing Up Is Strange” from Rupe gently spun in my ears this week.  The acoustic guitar began our journey, before dry almost electronic or programmed drums come in, again, gently.  They’re solid and hold down the song nicely.  There’s an ominous synth or organ hiding in the background of this song for the entire duration.  It’s a beautiful hum and white noise that carries you through.  “I never thought I’d see the day when you would call me back” gently streams from the vocalists throat.  How can we SEE a call?  Its environment I say, and this track is heavy with it.  There’s a climax or crescendo that sweeps across the track as more layers of guitar and keys join the journey.  The electric guitar glides in and out, making you swoon for more.  Not really much bass in the mix, but you don’t miss it.  It’s there, just light.  The build holds steady and just as you’re about to go full in, the song ends leaving you wanting more.  I suggest a second listen as the journey is quite fulfilling.  Don’t let its gentle side fool you, this is a solid tune, very groove laden.  Would recommend. 

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