Andrew Warner was born in the East Midlands –ish but he now resides in Manchester. His latest EP Tales of a Twenty-Something was released back in June and I have to say that it’s quite a nice little record.
The big thing that I like with this one is its back to basics approach. In an age where over-production is frankly doing everybody’s head in it’s nice to have something going the other way and revelling in its own simplicity. This whole record is built on simple catchy melodies, witty, down to earth lyrics and in all honesty not much else, and that’s what makes it work so well.
Opening track The Social Chameleon feels like an observation of the kind of person who winds me up the most. You know the guy, the two-faced, socially slippery kind of dude where no matter how many times you meet them you’re never quite sure where you stand? And trust them? You’d rather gnaw your own arm off. The following line pretty much nails it;
They’re being a foe, and then being your friend. I’d rather be real, and never pretend.
My thoughts exactly. Lyrical dexterity apart the track is short and sweet, featuring a simple melody, some nice guitar work and a good, strong up-tempo rhythm. All in all, a really good start.
For Swipe Right Warner turns his attentions to the wonderful and eye-opening world of Tinder. (Hence ‘swipe right’) Genre wise the track is a kind of acoustic/indie/folk hybrid, it’s slower than the opener although the pace picks up for the guitar solo. Again lyrically there are some great moments with the first verse being a particular highlight. I know if you’ve got a similar sense of humour to me you’ll be all over it.
Don’t Cry has more of a straightforward traditional flavour and is a far more serious affair as the title suggests. As if to emphasise the ‘folky-ness’ Warner introduces a handclap upon which my feelings have steadily moved from finding it incredibly annoying to finding it just unnecessary. On the first listen it just got on my nerves but now I just find it pointless if I’m being brutally honest. The song wouldn’t lose anything if it wasn’t there so I’d rather it just wasn’t. The rest of the song is fine, nothing overly spectacular but it’s more than solid.
Penultimate track Get a Move On is a three and a half reminisce about a relationship that has gone the way of the dodo. It’s kind of endearing and has an everyman charm to it which I really like as it makes the song feel incredibly relatable but it does feel longer than it is. I think that that’s down to the fact that there are four verses and four choruses. This isn’t a massive problem initially or even at all but after a few listens it does feel like the song drags a bit. It’s not really a big issue or criticism I’d say it’s more of a niggle.
Final track Insight of Mind on a 2am Drive might not have the catchiest title but it’s a song which gets a big thumbs up from me. Mainly because I know that I and God knows how many other men up and down the country have had these drives… ‘Shall I call her?’ …‘What if…?’ And in other news the handclaps are back but they feel like a better fit here so no complaints this time around. See I don’t discriminate!
Despite the couple of issues that I’ve already mentioned I really did enjoy this one. The overall down to earth, relatable feel gives the record a charm which I just find massively endearing. Tales of a Twenty-Something isn’t flawless but it’s human and that human touch far outweighs the negatives in the long run. A very good listen.