Joey Pecoraro’s new album, “Tired Boy,” was released on Feb. 22 and is progressive in the genre of lo-fi hip-hop.
The album opens with the single title track that was released months before, and at 4 minutes, 15 seconds, it’s the longest track on the album. When it starts, you get the melancholy feeling that becomes an underlying theme in the album, but quickly realize that Pecoraro can construct a lo-fi hip-hop beat.
The first bit of contemporary jazz hits you after the cumbersome intro and tells you that this album is going to be a sophisticated blend of rhythm and relaxation.
“Tired Boy” comes to a crescendo of sorts at the fourth track, “To Be Happy.” This track, paired with “Tired Boy” and a later tune, conceptualize the album. When you hear the words on the track, you begin to understand that the purpose of the album is to praise the little things in life. It’s at this point that you realize that all of these seemingly melancholy tracks are about accepting the repetitive nature of life.
This theme really comes to life in the track mentioned earlier, “Finding Parking.” When you first hear this track, there’s no doubt you aren’t paying attention to the title of the tracks anymore. The physical act of finding parking is one of the most mundane things that we go through regularly, but the upbeat, repetitive sound that you hear is content.
Someone who makes such deep and colorful music must surely have a fantastic story, right?
I don’t know. Maybe Pecoraro is a ghost.
A quick google of his name and you’ll see – there’s very little ever written about this artist. With this album, it would be the perfect time for Pecoraro to at least fill out the biographical part of his Spotify profile.
I played the title track for a few of my friends and they gave perfect examples of the depth of this album.
With an odd look on his face, Vincent Guerrera, a recent graduate of Castleton University said, “I love the instrumentals and the blending of the laugh-track in the background.”
“This is sick. I wanna put lyrics to this,” said Tyler Strong, a senior English major. He went on to say, “It’s good walking or driving music.”
Both of them bring up great points about the uses for this album. This album kind of feels like a jumping-off point for other artists to make what they want – It’s already heavily produced and needs little editing to be sampled by an interested artist.
The last point, and the greatest thing about this album is the versatility. You can listen to this album no matter what you’re doing, as it’s good, simple background music, but if you listen closely, you’ll be rewarded.