Grey Expectations is the latest full-length from prolific singer-songwriter Bryant Eugene Vazquez. He’s covered a lot of stylistic ground since he began releasing music in 2008, and this time around, he’s going full shoegaze for a chilly, eight song set. With song titles like “Shivers, Shivers” and “Still Cold” you’re going to want to put on a few extra layers for this one.
According to Vazquez, this album was an experiment in writing pop songs “disguised to replicate the sounds of mid-80s/early-90s noise/pop/rock/shoegaze”, with all of the them “themed around the bitterness of winter”. If you’re a fan of that era of music, you’ll definitely find a lot to like here, as he follows through on that mission statement to a T. The production is crowded and fuzzy, the guitars and tinny and abrasive, and Vazquez’s vocals are more breathy and buried than ever before. Continue reading →