By: Boy Pablo
Genre: Lo-fi Indie Pop
Tracks: “Feeling Lonely,” “Losing You”
Nicolás Pablo Rivera Muñoz, more commonly known by his stage name boy pablo, certainly has a unique sound to him.
I would best describe his music as lo-fi indie pop. There’s a certain melancholy feel to his sound, which is something I’m always a fan of. He’s got smooth vocals and he utilizes the synth nicely.
However, there’s only so many times I can listen to what sounds like the same song over and over again.
Don’t get me wrong – I like boy pablo a lot. Ever since I heard his song “Everytime” off his first EP “Roy Pablo,” I’ve been a fan.
But I just wish that he would expand his sound a bit more.
On his most recent EP, “Soy Pablo,” which was released on Oct. 5, boy pablo doesn’t stray too far from his normal path. Each song ambles dreamily along, which is nice, but all the songs seem to blend together, and not in the good way.
If I wasn’t listening hard enough, sometimes I couldn’t tell if the song had changed or if it was the same song.
If I had to pick a favorite song off the EP, it would probably be the first track “Feeling Lonely,” which is a bit of a bouncier track than the others. It’s probably the most diverse sounding one, with it’s plucky guitar but ever-present sadboy lyrics.
Another highlight off the EP would have to be “Losing You,” another one of the upbeat tracks on the album. It’s bouncy and witty, and I’m into it.
I’m not a huge fan of the song “tkm,” which is almost six minutes long. I’m not a huge fan of big instrumental breaks in songs, especially when the artist’s songs usually tend to be on the shorter side.
The slow instrumental break in the song reminds me a bit of Mac Demarco. The difference is, Mac’s often does these types of instrumental sections, so I’m used to that with his music, and I often find myself like those parts of his song.
But, again – boy pablo isn’t known for this type of rambling instrumental section, so I’m not that into it.
Overall, I’d probably give this album a sold 3 or 3.5./5. I like the melancholy feel it’s got, but if boy pablo wants to make it big, he should start experimenting more.