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The cyclical nature of being in a band (Young Rival) - the distance between writing something, recording it, and its eventual release - was at odds with Aron D'Alesio's inclination to be constantly engaged with his creative pursuits. It was this relentless creative energy that drew him to his makeshift basement studio night after night, where he developed what would become his self-titled debut LP, a collection of ethereal, imaginative, self-contained songs perhaps best described as bedroom pop, despite their basement origins.
That the record was made in bouts of intense focus is evident in the knotty density, and unique sonic direction of its 13 tracks. Tones and ideas drift in and out of the songs, and there's an almost eerie patience in evidence in the way the arrangements are constructed, often moving from a crystalline minimalism into heady maximalism and back in a short span - what appears to be a stripped down, one voice and guitar arrangement gradually slides away to reveal a warped, Beach Boys-esque vocal harmony on lead single "Diamond Ring," or the way the loose Buddy Holly-inspired stomp of "Where You Going To" bursts without warning into an impenetrable thicket of inter-laced guitar leads.
The unusual sonic quality of his debut album is likely the result of a degree of naiveté that D'Alesio brought to the recording process, in combination with an interesting collection of influences that creep in and out of the songwriting and the arrangements. There are moments that recall the faraway quality of early Everly Bros or Ink Spots recordings, the kitchen sink, lo-fi experimentalism of Thought for Food-period The Books, the driving minimalism of Suicide, and the muted grandeur of The Walkmen's early records.