Friday Five: Same Eyes, Jim Cherewick, Chip Clip, Adam J. Snyder, Dre Dav
Friday Five highlights music by Washtenaw County-associated artists and labels.
This week features synth-pop by Same Eyes, indie by Jim Cherewick, orchestral crooning by Chip Clip, folk by Adam J. Snyder, and hip-hop by Dre Dav.
Same Eyes, "Radio Moscow" b/w "Bad Influence"
Ann Arbor synth-pop duo Same Eyes released one of the best local albums in 2021 with Parties to End. It looks like the second album, Desperate Ones, is imminent and I imagine these two jams are on it.
Jim Cherewick, "Frosting on Fire"
The first single from Ypsi singer-songwriter Jim Cherewick's forthcoming new album, Good Noose, is a stripped-down, intimate affair that somewhat recalls Mark Kozelek's diaristic songs. But Cherewick actually writes melodies and hooks unlike Kozelek's recent endless, tuneless rambles.
Chip Clip, "Toyland"
According to Bandcamp's release dates, Chip Clip's "Toyland" is the first time we've heard from the Ypsi project in seven years. The project features Child Sleep's Mary Fraser on vocals, organ, guitar, mallet percussion, along with viola, flute, and bass, and horns for an orchestrated interpretation of a tune written for the 1903 operetta Babes in Toyland and made popular again by Doris Day in 1964.
Adam J. Snyder, Cherry Tree
Ann Arbor's Adam J. Snyder is a singer-songwriter who should appeal to fans of Jack Johnson and Bon Iver. If he hasn't played The Ark yet, he should soon.
Dre Dav, Top Gun
Ann Arbor's Dre Dav is one of the most active artists in the local hip-hop scene, whether it's releasing singles, rustling up toys for tots with his Flight Team crew, or promoting his fave strain of sticky icky. He also became a dad in 2021 and he still managed to produce a brand new album, Top Gun. Listen on your preferred streaming service here.
Christopher Porter is a library technician and the editor of Pulp.