Tobin Sprout - The Universe And Me LP
The Universe and Me takes a deliberately primitive approach that focuses on feeling, as opposed to production. The result is a vague bridge between the ballads of psych-era Beatles, and the haunting vulnerability of Daniel Johnston''s Hi, How Are You?. It''s no surprise, then, that Sprout penned and illustrated his own magical children''s books as The Universe and Me plays like a deceptively dense reimagining of simple subjects like comic books, finding your purpose in life, and growing old. - Many of the 14 tracks acts like a diorama of a boy''s imagination, like "Future Boy/Man of Tomorrow," which was inspired by Sprout''s fascination with superheroes from his youth. The wistful "When I Was A Boy" is a short, stunning ballad relating childhood grounding to adulthood. "Walk Across the Human Bridge" is a heavy-hitting rocker driven by shredding and lyrics describing the decline of humanity. "Tomorrow From Heaven" is about dealing with the sadness that follows death. Pasted together as a collage, as opposed to a rigid whole, and we have the soundtrack to Tobin Sprout''s life.