Will Ivy (of L.A.’s Dream Boys) steps out for his debut solo release with two songs of heart-on-sleeve pop with transcontinental inspiration from the U.K., New Zealand and Australia—that means it’s smart, it’s art and it’s got heart, of course." /> L.A. Record

WILL IVY: SCRAP PLASTIC 7″

November 14th, 2015 | Album reviews

WILL IVY
“Scrap Plastic” 7”
Pretty Penny

Will Ivy (of L.A.’s Dream Boys) steps out for his debut solo release with two songs of heart-on-sleeve pop with transcontinental inspiration from the U.K., New Zealand and Australia—that means it’s smart, it’s art and it’s got heart, of course. Ivy’s deliberate and deep voice is the anchor on these songs, singing about love and isolation—romantic isolation and existential, too, least on “Scrap Plastic,” which makes a landscape out of a world full of trash and trouble. These songs are sparkling with surprises, like why and how the guitar starts or quits and when exactly the bass decides to go for a climb, or in the way that Ivy loves to supply and then deny so many endlessly catchy moments. (Wanna hear that part twice? Then play the whole record again!) “If I Was A Painter” is a self-portrait with the Juvenalia Verlaines or early Triffids shining light from above, and “Scrap” is propulsive but not pushy pop with a winning final movement. Physical copies come with individually made packaging—evidence of just how much personality is really in play here.

—Chris Ziegler