If you’ve been around my writing on ETTG for a bit, you have seen Scoobert Doobert‘s name. His genre isn’t exactly what I typically feature, but he continued to impress me with clever lyrics, soulful expressive melodic structures, and a feel good vibe that I couldn’t say “no” to. Here’s his new album that brings a full serving of that unique style. Let’s dig in to the tracks on this truly unique offering.
The first track “Stories” is about the things that shape us as individuals and the experiences that make us who we are. The artist expresses the stories we tell ourselves and, sometimes, it’s the “end of the world” in our own head. It’s a frenetic, yet important opening track.
“Memory Lan” is a bit more of the groove that initially brought me around to Scoobert Doobert‘s sound. It’s smooth, soulful, with shades of pop music that pull the listener right into the nostalgia of our earlier lives. It’s about wanting to go back to being “happy like we used to.” Just from the references made here, I’d guess that the artist and I are near the same age. I would say the majority of 80s kids will get some great vibes from this track, especially gamers familiar with the title LAN parties.
Similarly “Sunlight” brings a bouncy, energetic style with some funky guitars that work perfect for the sound of the album. The bassline is *chef’s kiss*. This is one of my favorite tracks on the album and you just need to spin it; it’s about the conscious decision to be in the sunlight which seems both literal and metaphorical. I need this song in my life.
“Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)” might seem like a silly concept for a song, but it’s actually about the social interactions in a place like the DMV. The observations of the people there are intriguing, but the presence of mind for the artist to make art out of the experience is fascinating. In a similar turn of “oddly satisfying” lyrical concepts, “Aliens” is about going to heaven and aliens are there. It’s quite a concept for an almost comically short track.
I love the melodic structure on “Underwater.” It’s got an emotional heaviness that is hard to miss. If you’ve ever experienced a broken relationship, this track will resonate. The lyrics are intelligent, witty, and emotionally sharp. Honestly, this is the kind of song that could chart if it was given a chance; there are a lot of people who can relate to the message and the style is nothing short of Kid Cudi worthy.
The last two tracks “Getting Easier” and “All I Need” definitely both punctuate Scoobert Doobert’s unique songwriting style. “Getting Easier” is about how life is challenging but things get easier over time with experience. The final track “All I Need” has an optimistic vibe to it that has a humble opening with some of the most intriguing chord work on the album. It’s unlike any genre convention you’ve ever heard, blending elements of pop, electronic, rock, and soul… for a sound that’s sure to inspire.
This is an easy album to write a positive review for because it does such a good job of executing an avant garde vision for music. The listener can feel the emotionally heavy moments that are balanced by silly, buoyant yet observations about the human condition. Like all good art, Scoobert Doobert helps the listener engage with their world more fully but maybe with a smile on their face… and a few sick dance moves. Take the advice of “Sunlight” and spin this one with some bright fresh sun rays — the music and the light will do you good.