Fat and Happy – You Won’t

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You Won’t has been my group of choice this summer and has released a series of consistently outstanding singles. From what I’ve been able to gather, the songs that have deeply embedded themselves into my summer listening are the first singles off the Boston group’s forthcoming record, Skeptic Goodbye. My first exposure to You Won’t was “Three Car Garage,” which startled me. I often find myself with an aversion towards music that is openly evocative of Bob Dylan, but the song’s full production juxtaposed against the simultaneously vulnerable and sage vocals was almost addicting. Since first hearing “Three Car Garage,” I’ve paid attention to everything You Won’t has put out, my favorite being the most recent release, “Fat and Happy.” The qualities that made the band’s previous songs so distinctive seem to be refined and more succinct here. The song starts with a bluesy overdriven guitar part and is immediately accompanied by warm vocals. The introduction of an almost pulsating drum track gives the song a dreamy ambience without being atmospheric. The first verse is cut short by a roaring guitar track that depersonalizes the song. As it starts back up, Captain Beefheart style noise bellows beneath the track, which changes the mood of the song for a second time. An air of impermanence feels like it’s at the root of “Fat and Happy,” which combined with the almost preachy temperament of the vocals makes for an enjoyably haunting tune.

Fat and Happy – You Won’t