Brisbane’s looping, folking, storyteller Aiden Bradley has just released his self-produced EP Boat Ramps which also features vocals by Jackie Boccaccio AKA Cheeky Velvet and Keyboard by Fin Taylor of Shakes Fear and the Skeleton Gang. I sat down in my housecoat with a big cup of tea to intensely listen to his latest offering.
This EP starts out with the single that introduced me to the indie-folk, sadboy goodness of Aiden Bradley. Siege in all its sing-along, catchy goodness includes the best opening line ever – ‘I write songs about games.’
Boat Ramps features some beautiful sounds and melodies and dank lyrics. There really is something delightful about the juxtaposition of upbeat music and lyrical honesty.
Beautiful guitar work opens the lamenting track Rain. Simple instrumentation and use of interesting sounds sets this track apart as its own story. The vocal harmonies in this song are beautiful and mournful.
The deep opening groove of Infirmary gives a taste of how this lyrically dark song opens up in the choruses.
Coffee Shops is a delicate and fragile ending to this collection of catchy, honest, and pretty songs.
The lyrics in these songs tell stories (in this listeners’ opinion) of frustration, longing, daydreaming, desperation and so much more. They appear to touch on the types of things that people don’t always say out loud. Pretty songs, sadboy lyrics – what’s not to like?