Album Review: Old Best Friend – Living Alone
I’ve been stuck in a bit of a music rut lately, relying mostly on old favorites rather than new albums to get me through my days (as you can probably tell by the lack of content here lately). I just haven’t been in the mood for new music, searching instead for the emotional connection that my old favorites always make me feel immediately. My iPod was on shuffle today when a song came on that brought forth so much nostalgia I had to immediately stop what I was doing and see what it was. The funny thing is that it was a song by an artist that I had never listened to before.
Mike Comite, aka Old Best Friend, has crafted a very honest and emotionally raw album in Living Alone. I think the thing that really drew me to the music of Old Best Friend was the glimpses I got of some of my favorite bands, specifically the ones I had been turning to lately. The first influence that came to mind when hearing the first track off of Living Alone was Into It. Over It.
Most of the comparisons I can make to Evan Weiss’s sound are just the overall DIY feel I get from Living Alone. Perhaps the strongest connection Mike Comite comes to ITOT is my personal favorite track off the album, “Pause.” Comite’s soft vocals floating over guitars and drums is simple yet so affecting. If I close my eyes it feels like I’m at my favorite intimate venue with the band playing just for me.
I wouldn’t say that Living Alone is strictly an emo album but there are lots of connections to the genre resonating throughout. “Conductivity” and “White Picket Fences” feel like they could have been put out by The Get Up Kids back in the genre’s heyday. Comite’s vocals even remind me a bit of Matt Pryor’s on “Conductivity” (which is the track that first drew me to the album).
As much as certain songs remind me of some of my favorite bands, I think my biggest connection to Living Alone is the overall honesty and emotion that Comite pours into it. “Forget the audience / There is only me,” Comite croons on the album’s title track which builds and builds until quietly fading out. Usually it takes multiple listens for me to truly connect to an album but with Living Alone it was almost instantaneous. It was a great reminder that I branching out and finding new music can be just as emotionally fulfilling as listening to my old favorites.