Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Cassette Review // Junkyard Fort "Salvaged"

There are a lot of things happening on this cassette.  For the most part, there is an acoustic rock full band sound.   At times, this can remind me of They Might Be Giants and at other times I can even hear some Violent Femmes in here.   "When the Storm Ceased" has a spoken word way about it while it eventually goes off, into the storm, in a dark, Radiohead type of way.

"How Brave You Are" is a little bit lighter on the music side, while the flip side of the cassette starts like some 1990's acoustic rock.   But the more that I listen to this cassette, the more that I can begin to see it for what it truly is.   All music aside, this cassette needs a strong focus on the lyrics and that puts it in this category that is unlike anything I've heard before.

When you're young, you listen to music for kids.  There are many examples of this but one of my favorite shows which I played for Quentin when he was younger was Yo Gabba Gabba.  That idea of listening to a song and learning how to count or tie your shoes seems to be applied here, within Junkyard Fort, only it's not about such remedial things nor is it for kids.

The best way to describe Junkyard Fort is as kids songs for adults.    Rather than teaching you the ABC's, there are lyrics like "What do you do with the mad that you feel? You gotta let it out!"  Yes, this could apply to kids as well, but I feel this whole cassette in this teaching / guiding way for those older than kids trying to navigate life and their feelings.  

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