Tom Eddy's soul-folk-rock band, The Doldrums, is releasing a self-titled EP of five songs today via Bandcamp. The Doldrums--Eddy on guitar and vocals, plus Mark Hunter on bass, Elliott Gray on keyboard, and Daniel Gronfein on the drums--traffic in graceful, undemanding tunes, fluidly guided by Eddy's lustrous vocals (which I've raved about in the past). The easy sounds of this EP, which was recorded earlier this spring at Ballard's Avast Studios, may be deceptive, though. Yesterday Eddy, who is 21 years old, told me, via e-mail:
For me these songs are songs of frustration, frustration with the way I see our society headed, our generation specifically. The way our reliance on technology has crippled us in a lot of ways. We pretend to be ultra-connected, but the way I see it, we've simply created a vast network of superficial connections and sort of given up on face-to-face, concrete interaction (see: "Youth for the Young" and "Max Laughs"). It's not a bummer album by any means, it's just sort of reflecting on how it feels to be "connected" and somehow very disconnected at the same time.
I suppose from a macro standpoint I wrote these songs out of a more crystallized understanding of my place in the world. "Cairo" is about the recent Egyptian "Revolution," if you want to call it that. It's sort of a suite that follows the rise and fall of that whole deal, and how in any revolution, the most important period for the well-being of the country is often what to do after the dust settles. This idea ties into the greater concept of the album, in that it illustrates once again our inability to remain engaged beyond the flashy and romanticized.