Get Well Soon – The Green Room EP

Get Well Soon
The Green Room EP

Sometimes the artists say it best themselves. On the Get Well Soon website, it says, “Andy tries to write good songs. They usually turn out to be soft.” On yet another occurrence of a single musician playing everything and making a release better than most full bands would ever dream of putting out, The Green Room EP is a wonderful piece of mostly soft music with a kind of twist.
The twist is that there’s a bit of a Brit-pop feel to this EP, and while I don’t know where Andy Crissinger, the mastermind behind this work, is from, I doubt it’s the UK. I get that sense from his soft vocals and from the beats that are used here, mostly from drum machines but occasionally regular drum kits. These songs are firmly based in pop music that harkens at moments back to the Smiths, perhaps because of Andy’s vocals and somewhat sad bent to his songwriting. But the music is so crisp and pure that it has a wonderful indie-rock feel that will appeal to just about anyone reading this. And he’s helped out admirably on backing vocals here and there by his wife, Michelle.
Maybe my favorite song is the opener, “The Worst February,” which has gorgeous piano that mixes with a drum machine beat and wraps around Andy’s vocals wonderfully, especially as he sings, “I know you, I know you, you always say but you never do, I know you, I know you.” Pleasant guitars and light snare drums come in on “You’re Not the One Who Should Be Sad,” and this one sounds more akin to a Red House Painters tune, nicely enough. On “A Smaller House,” Andy is even more like the Painters’ Mark Kozelek, but the slightly twangy guitar and gorgeous piano accompaniment make this song very nice. The layered vocals are a bit more prominent on the quiet and sad “Eyes Like Dying,” and “Something to Aspire To” has a host of sounds mixed nicely into the background of a light pop tune.
I’m constantly amazed by the talent of some musicians, perhaps because I could never in a million years do anything like create an album this good. Andy Crissinger has put together some wonderful songs, with his own unique style that works perfectly. Very independent in appearance, the production and quality of the songs is excellent. It helps that TW Walsh did the mixing and mastering, I imagine. I am grateful every day that DOA brings such wonderful artists to my attention and wonderful releases to my collection.