The next two reviews are for a dual single Summer Haze by Indiana based artist The Stoffs. Stream “A New Duet” and “Under Investigation” below for some mellow singer-songwriter vibes.
“A New Duet”
Organic elements combined with psychedelic recording movements births into a tender and sentimental sounding arrangement. “A New Duet” brings loving lyrics combining with sweet sonic qualities making for a very peaceful and relaxing listen. Elements that drew me in were the rhythmic qualities and the constant push and pull and all the sprinkled in hooks such as the arpeggiated synthesizers. “A New Duet” is off the split single titled Summer Haze and the nature of the production really fits in with this concept.
Familiar to the “New Duet” a finger picked gradually works the listener into a more lush arrangement for “Under Investigation”. Carefree in nature and lyrically mellow and tender. Another great listen if you’re in need of a relaxing tune to get you through the hump day.
The Stoffs is the indie rock project of Indianapolis-based musician Eric Stoff.
Eric and his wife Brooke had a turbulent year in 2017. They welcomed their first daughter into the world, experienced unprecedented success in their business, and Eric achieved a life goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
From an outside perspective, it was the best year of their lives. But the Stoffs also experienced financial stress, strained relationships, and the unique weight of caring for a newborn child.
Eric spent the entirety of 2018 writing, recording, and meticulously crafting “Little Flock” in his home. He said it was healing for him as he worked his way through postpartum depression, and it helped him make sense of chaotic previous year.
“Making this record helped me realign my identity on this side of fatherhood,” Eric said. “It made me explore what parts of my relationships – with my creator, my wife, my child and future children. What changed? What stayed the same?”
Released on New Year’s Day 2019, “Little Flock,” details a universal tug-of-war between desperation and hope.