Making Friendz – Social Life

Making Friendz – Social Life

“All your records sound the same to me” could be a cry for attention, it could be a declaration of futility or maybe, it could also be the genuine concern for where the music scene has gone that has caused Tami Hart to question with such defiant attitude. Working in various projects through many years of instinctive punk and folk influences Hart has beguiled a new dexterity, a new kind of style if you will, with her Making Friendz  project. She takes the aforementioned assertion and opts to create an organically rich, multi-faceted debut in Social Life to embellish that denouement.

Known as someone that has always relished in semi-folky, semi-punk but always lo-fi tendencies, Social Life is definitely a change of pace for Hart. Taking “Luv Cruizin” – where she makes her pronouncement – the booming synth introduces the world to her gritty reactions. Quickly infusing the song with a menacing electric guitar and elevated keyboards that flash in the background, Hart is keen on releasing a versatile affair. Later on “Sexual Forestz” she takes a nervy synth and blends it with an almost New Pornographers-inspired melody in creating a massive undertow of keyboards. Music changes with every passing moment and Hart takes each transition and melds it with lively music that always channels a free-spirited event.

Uncomplicated and carefree, the album’s nine songs venture into a hypnotic trance of dissimilar styles that all feature a reclusively strong presence. Hart devotes timely additions and often, great vocals on many of Social Life’s songs. On “don’t Make Me Cry” she belts out that regardless of what else goes on, “your loving is all I need.” Decorated with resonating bass and choir-like background vocals, Hart’s presence is fittingly married with stellar music. Even the album’s rollicking opener, “Situation,” simply finds Hart spelling out the title to the support of a chugging drum and guitar combo. But through the choppiness of the flow and perhaps, the album’s crutch, the jaggedness is aided through Hart’s tenacious energy.

Unsure of what exactly records sound the same to her; it’s also not as if Hart intended that sole statement to represent her music. However, when your music dances between genres faster than the next lyrical story appears, the details are where something gets lost. For Hart, Social Life is a gathering of styles and sounds for the greater good and while the vastness of her music is varied, the potential for even greater goods is definitely possible. Until then Hart can continue to fight the battle for originality, all for one and one for all.

Last Bummer Records