Chuck's EP is quirky and adorable. But in spite of its massive charm, it took a little while for it to worm its way into my heart.
My problem is that I wasn't really listening to the songs. At first glance (or listen) it's a bunch of fuzzy hipstery pop with some guy with a nasal voice. But a closer look reveals Chuck's gift for eccentric storytelling. As he notes on his own Bandcamp page, he wanted to write about people who were emphatically not him -- a rich kid from Cape Cod, a homeless person, a Mexican guy in a band. But at the end of the day, Chuck's gift for observing the small, unobtrusive details of daily life make these songs interesting and relatable. The jangle-pop background is just icing on the cake -- it turns everyday life into a dance party.
My gift to you, if you have a case of the Mondays.
Chuck -- Official, Bandcamp, Monkfish Records