Effect of the Letter
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Effect of the Letter

Houston, Texas, United States | SELF

Houston, Texas, United States | SELF
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Effect of the Letter: Personal Effects

1. Personal Effects
2. I Was Looking Back
3. My Version of Deceit
4. These Things
5. Leave Here Pretending
6. Burn It Down
7. The Places You Remain
8. I'd Give Anything
9. Miracle Drug
10. The Last Cold Front


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It has been said there are two types of music, death music and healing music. “Personal Effects,” the debut album from Effect of the Letter, stops short of providing any easy answers to the trials of existence; it merely reaffirms to the listener that they are not alone in life’s journey.

“We really set out to make an album sonically and lyrically different from what we were hearing with popular music,” says EOTL’s front-man, AP. “I don’t think that’s radically different from most unsigned or indie bands, but I think our focus was on exploring the nuances of internal conflict, and reflecting that musically—particularly with dynamics. So much of what we hear today is produced loudly, all of the levels turned to 11, accompanied by somewhat empty subject matter lyrically. Our mission was to go the opposite direction and see what we could find.

The foundation of the ten tracks on the album is based on front-man, AP’s—simple, yet elegant songs. His skills as a drummer provide a sensual pulse, while guitarist, Bryan Glahn’s graceful melodies blanket each song with tenderness. Whether it’s seeing life through the eyes of an addict on “Miracle Drug” or obsessing over the fragments of a shattered relationship on “These Things,” AP’s lyrics never offer the listener an easy way out; they’re merely a reminder that even a broken heart is still beating.

The songs of Personal Effects explore the distance between what we reveal to others, and the internal conflict that is kept under the surface. There are no easy answers or ways to bridge this distance, just a hope that every listener will find the healing music they’re searching for.