Laptop Funeral: “Pretty Punk” Album Review

Written By: Sam Wilson

Twitter: @SamNHWilson

What you need to know about Laptop Funeral is they’re 18-year-old from Florida with a shed-load of talent. They music feels a lot like if Tycho (American ambient music project led by Scott Hansen,) paid a visit to an opium den and cut down on the over the top ‘bleeps and bloops’. They latest album, Pretty Punk, is a collection of nine songs, all with a similar style and sound, yet different in composition. It’s easy to listen to and is perfect for when you just want to lay in bed and relax, or if you’re sitting, writing a review (as I am right now).

The album kicks off with ‘To Start Again – Analogue Dear’, which is probably my favorite song on the album. Beginning with a series of digital noises, the song slowly starts to evolve and build into a genuinely captivating amalgamation of looped sounds and melodies. The clever bit about this track is that it eases you into it before focusing purely on the vocals about two thirds of the way through. The song is both enchanting but its minor composition brings it an equally haunting and ethereal quality.

It continues with ‘Purple Hair Die’, ‘Anika’s Song,’ and ‘Don’t Lie to Me,’ all of which are fairly similar in style yet still manage to create an atmospheric, mellow vibe that continues throughout the remainder of the album. ‘Purple Hair Die’ feels quite abrasive in composition but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it brings a bit of variety to the album. ‘Anika’s Song’ has charming melody which really becomes beautiful around 1:08 into the track and ‘Don’t Lie to Me,’ although sounding similar to the previous track is very easy listening and brings a summery atmosphere into the album.

As I said before, Laptop Funeral creates music very similar to that of Tycho and Thom Sonny Green yet feels unique in they ultra mellow approach to creating tracks. Considering there are thousands of artists who create music using digitally produced sounds nowadays, it is refreshing to see someone who blends they own instrumentals into that – creating a distinct sound and style.

‘Moving On,’ the next track on the album, begins with an acoustic melody, the first real variation from the style that was consistent throughout the first four songs. It makes a return to the electronic-mellow sounds of the previous songs but is still a great listen. ‘I’ll Be Here’ is a super mellow track that blends a mellowness with delicate, gentle sounds and is easily one of the most relaxing on the album.

‘I Miss Your Cat’ is the most listened to track on the album, according to Spotify, and is a captivating, yet somewhat sad song that feels like a shout-out to an ex partner. The title suggests that the character is either completely over their ex and is instead focusing on the trivial element of missing a pet, or that they are reluctant to admit that they miss their ex, instead trying to get away with pinning it on the cat.

The final two songs on the album are ‘And Then There Was Silence’ and ‘Sleeping on the Floor.’ The first blends together the slow-building atmosphere of the other tracks with a warm, chill set of piano chords and although doesn’t deviate much from the style, is still a nice song to listen to and put your feet up to. Finally, ‘Sleeping on the Floor’ is another delicate sounding blend of mellow vibes and a slow tempo – again featuring acoustics alongside artificial sounds and charming vocals.

Overall, the album isn’t the most spectacular atmospheric electronic album this year, yet for an artist so young is a great start for what looks like it could be a promising future. The album is on Spotify and SoundCloud so there is no excuse for you to not at least give it a listen and support someone who is just starting out and making they first steps in the industry!