Babysue

The third full-length release from The Televangelist And The Architect. This band is the project created by Jerry Chen…a young man who seems to approach music from his own unique perspective. Chen spent more than three years recording Expecting Nothing Out of Everything…and the process ended up being so intense and time-consuming that he let his band disintegrate and he stopped playing live (but note that with the release of this album he is hoping to return to live performances sometime in the near future). So…where does this album fit in out there in the real world…? Actually…it doesn’t really seem to fit anywhere because the overall vibe and sound of the songs is peculiar and different. Although traditional pop instruments are utilized, Chen is surprisingly creative with the arrangements. And the songs themselves–while generally pop in nature–are by no means standard and predictable. We can’t really compare this to any other specific artist or band because it seems to exist squarely on its own merits. If you’re looking for an instant fix, this probably isn’t it. But if you’re looking for an album that will be more and more interesting over the course of ten, twenty, or thirty spins…then you may just end up falling in love with this album (like we did). Compelling and unusual music…and the artwork is totally killer. TOP PICK.