Austin duo Me Nd Adam are your favourite Trashcan cowbois gone rogue. A sentence you probably thought you’d never read, the twosome have concocted a unique, yet surprisingly addictive sound which has been getting us through the lockdown blues. And I have even better news… they just dropped an entire twelve-track album to satisfy all your needs.
American Drip, Part I truly has it all. A melting pot of sounds and influences, it’s like the lovechild of Bruce Springsteen and Blink 182. Again, another sentence you thought you’d never read. But it’s their diversity and freshness that gives this album an edge and making it stand out from the onslaught of new releases that 2020 has thrown at us. A personal favourite on the track is the “Lonely Always, CA”. Gravelly, muted vocals and bright harmonies emit the ultimate sing-along anthem, taking you back to those festival days with a beer in one hand and a lighter in the other. Remember those? Its minimalist instrumentation and twangy guitars create a nostalgic and melancholic feel, making it the perfect song to listen to when you’re feeling a little down.
Then there is “The More I Grow Up” – a song which in just three minutes and 45 seconds, gives you a personal insight into the duo’s softer, more vulnerable side. The honest and raw lyrics allow for a relatable song about the trials and tribulations of growing up, getting older and ultimately having more responsibilities, whether we like it or not.
Wrapping up the album is “Sunday Are for Sadness”. Warm, jangly guitars, story-telling lyrics and mellow melodies provide a light-hearted take on everyone’s mutual dread for Sundays. Overall, American Drip, Part I is a collection of coming-of-age songs to listen to when you need reminding that we’re all living in this weird and wonderful world together.