Aaron Maine’s fifth studio album as Porches titled Ricky Music that was released in March this year explores the aftermath of heartbreak and the battle of dealing with his emotions.
The artist from New York started Porches as his synth-pop project a decade ago and has since produced critically acclaimed music, such as his 2016 album Pool. Ricky Music takes his project in another direction, largely focusing on the instrumentals and personal lyrics.
This Bedroom-Pop style album is short and sweet, with many of the songs not exceeding three minutes. The almost interlude style and song names gives the tracks an artsy vibe leaving the listener expecting to listen to a deep and emotional album.
He attempts various styles and themes, and the lyrics can be very personal. He is ambitious, but that sometimes hinders the album. Fuck_3 is an example of this, where he sings about his dependency on support from friends, it had a lot of potential with such personal lyrics, but the busyness of the instrumental took the focus away from that.
It can be tough to combine emotionally complex lyrics with intricate music which is why artists tend to stick to focusing on one aspect, and although ambitious, some songs on Ricky Music fall short because of this.
The 80’s inspired album is very heavily synth based. Able to fall into synth-pop and indie-pop categories, it is a versatile album. With energetic crowd-pleasing track Madonna, heart-breaking break-up song Hair and drowsy track Wrote Some Songs that explores his conflicting feelings around spending his whole life writing music, his short album takes you on a journey of his inner thoughts.
The album contains his worries and anxieties. He wrote it in the middle of the night when he couldn’t sleep. It radiates a hazy and dreamy aesthetic, but the lyrics don’t quite match up to their potential. It is like he has a lot of deep feelings to explore, but he doesn’t have much to say.
Ricky Music is packed full of songs that belong in a coming-of-age movie. Only just over twenty minutes long, with a mixture of slow-dance synths and floor fillers, the album takes you on a journey.
Ricky Music is out now, via Domino Records