Listening to Hovvdy’s, “Heavy Lifter” in 2020 brings me back to a simpler time in life, when responsibility seemed like something only adults had to worry about, and when free time was not followed by, “what do we have to get done?”
This sort of mindset is something I’m sure many of us ponder about from time to time, regardless of its naïve nature. I believe that with the weather and pressure, many of us, myself included feel a bit down from time to time in the winter months. In these moments of tribulation, it is encouraging to have an outlet. For many of us at the station, music is an important outlet, and we express our opinions through the music we play as well as the reviews we write. What I’m getting at is, Hovvdy delivers a melodic indie tune that develops from dreary to hopeful over tracks on their album, “Heavy Lifter” by both lyrics and sound alike.
Utilizing guitar with slower blues-y riffs, piano with cheer, and vocals that are smoothly matched by mellow bass and drums, Hovvdy has a melancholy like sound. The sound is a bit slower, and although I dislike comparing artists on these reviews, sometimes it can help listeners give artists a shot… so in that regard, some of Hovvdy’s songs remind me of a mixture of Sufjan Stevens and (Sandy) Alex G. I say this because of the similarities in both artists soft vocals which can make anyone feel comfortable.
This time of the year can be hard for some, whether we like to admit it or not. As said previously, music can be a highly therapeutic outlet for those that explore their horizons, which experimentation can only broaden.
Recommended listens: 4, 6, 10, 12