Short yet undoubtedly striking in its outreach and clever, concise framing of ideas – Minnesota’s giveuppulp captures affection with ease, as a jazz-cafe soundscape and a cleanly mixed, calmly confident voice softly emerge.
Taking subtle hints of influence from underground legends like Grieves, perhaps a little of the more well-known laid-back appeal of Mac Miller, giveuppulp has a certain air of quiet confidence and intelligence to their bars – injecting a level of realness that captivates in a smart, sharp and clean manner.
The outpouring feels both mellow and manic somehow – breathless yet sleepy, fast-paced but hypnotically, calmingly rhythmic and satisfying in being so. The ideas are relatable, but presented with a new edge of reflective, poetic depth, so it feels refreshing – it compels you, draws you in and provokes thought; whilst prompting you to hit rewind for a closer listen to those little gems scattered throughout.
This is true of the entire giveuppulp catalogue it seems. Scene-setting and detailing are second to none, the artist holding attention with vocal and literary magic alone. Absolutely worth the time it takes to delve in.