Album Recommendation, Calypso Drip FM by Gryff

Gryff breaks conventions by fusing synthwave with city pop, and nu-disco elements to create a unique style that is all his own....

August 12, 2020

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Calypso Drip FM by Gryff is a slow drive down a busy palm tree-lined city street on a red hot night. It paints the mind's eye so vividly you can taste the saxophones, smell the heat, and touch the summer air. The debut album from Gryff confuses and excites all the senses in a way that few albums do these days.

So what is Calypso Drip FM?

Calypso Drop FM is the debut album from Australian artist Gryff. The album is a late-night concoction of two-part synthwave, one part city pop, topped off with a whole lot of funk and swagger. It's the quintessential summer album that's best experienced with the top down and the volume up.

Australian synthwave recording artist Gryff

What do I love about this album? For one thing, the overall sound quality is superb. It's a nice blend of modern production techniques that yield nicely to the more organic sounds like saxophones, guitar, and trumpets. The elements of this album that make it shine are the fun little things Gryff adds to the composition. He sprinkles everything from clave sounds, snaps, claps, and even dolphin sounds (yes, dolphin sounds.) It's an album where each track offers its special contribution to creating an experience larger than the sum of its parts.

What are my final thoughts on Calypso Drip? It's not the tight production or the catchy melodies that bring me back to this album over and over. It's less complicated than that. This album just makes me feel good. It takes my mind on late night drives to wonderful places. It warms me up on a summer day. It's an album that will stay with you long after you press the eject button.

Calypso Drip FM is now available for pre-order on Bandcamp.

Dennis G

Published August 12, 2020

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