Review : Andy Zipf - Jealous Hands
AbsolutepunkEvery once in a while, I come across an album that makes me want to force everybody to listen to it. This July, that album is Andy Zipf’s Jealous Hands. Maybe it’s because I normally find it hard to sit through music of similar ilk (I’m only into some of Copeland’s discography, and was never fully convinced by The New Frontiers, although both bands are appropriate RIYLs), and I’m just beginning to discover the charm mellow indie pop holds within. Maybe avid mellow indie pop fans actually find this pretty average. I don’t know. All I know is that to me, Jealous Hands is a startlingly magnificent piece of art. And while I can’t force anyone to listen to it, you’d be a fool not to at least grab the album for free.
What really makes Jealous Hands, above all the slick sounds, choir vocals and various decorations, is Zipf’s voice. It’s always been what’s driven his music, and that’s true here as much as it’s ever been. In many respects, if it was anyone other than Zipf singing the songs on this album, I’d be tempted to write it off as forgettable. That’s not to say the songs on here are poorly written at all – on the contrary, the majority of them are powerful numbers waiting to happen. But structurally, they can be somewhat generic, and it takes nothing short of Zipf’s heavenly delivery to coax forth their chilling potential.
It’s not just the quality of Zipf’s voice, either. It’s all the small things he does that makes the difference – the way he staccatos his breath at the ends of the lines in “Walkin’ Beside’s” chorus, the triumphant vocal climb in “Find You” (“If you fall, I’ll be there before you…”), the drifting falsettos in “Taking Risk.” I’ve gone on record pointing out that some of the hooks on this album are “unbelievable,” and they are because it’s Zipf animating them. “Reach is Wide” is downright cinematic when he sings “I’m goin’ up to where my heroes died, let their songs save me one more time. I’m gettin’ covered in the cool tonight, the road is narrow but the reach is wide.” There’s a palpable, quivering life to that chorus that’s breathtaking. Again, Zipf’s voice deserves so much of the credit. He’s a master deftly navigating the territory of his own art, adjusting wherever needed and in all the right places.
The most dynamic song is “Run Away, Little Sister,” which starts out reminiscent of Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” but eventually blossoms into a full-blown chorus flanked by whoah-oh’s. “My eyes are open, don’t have to see your violent hand to know you’re broken by the touch of a no good man,” it declares. It allows you to realize that Jealous Hands has the ability to not only wow, but also to heal. That ought to be reason enough to give it a chance. And if you’re anything like me, it’ll mesmerize you. I guarantee it....full text
PastemagazineNot content with being pigeonholed into the crowded singer-songwriter category, Andy Zipf has spent years separating himself from the pack with an emphasis on performance. For his “Pfriends on Pfilm” gig, the D.C. songsmith treated fans to a unique experience by dressing in white and turning the stage into a canvas for a killer light show.
There’s more to Zipf than a flashy live show, however. His new album, Jealous Hands, shows off his capacity to produce one great hook after another. From the pulsating layers of sound on “I Ain’t the Kind for Givin’ Up” to the stripped down acoustic charm of “Find You,” the record shows just how dynamic Zipf can be....full text
PuregrainaudioAndy Zipf has released his new record 'Jealous Hands' today .You can stream the entire record now at this location! Produced by Jeremy Griffith ( Norma Jean, Guiltmaker) Andy's third full length release has proven to be the most soft- spoken release of his career; and Americana record true and pure that stand free of the genre connotations that such a word brings.
"A year ago, I left Virginia for Georgia to record Jealous Hands. I worked with producer Jeremy Griffith for two weeks in a cozy studio near Lake Lanier. At the end of each day, I would drive back over the water listening to what I knew then was the best thing I'd ever done. It was such an inspiring time. I've been waiting so long to share it with you." - Andy Zipf...full text
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