I Married My Highschool Sweetheart - Laugh out Love
Record Label: Favorite Gentlemen Recordings
Release Date: June 3, 2008
Singer-songwriter, Trevor Dowdy has the voice of a mushy troubadour and music that is completely encompassed in orchestral rods of synths and processed beats on his latest record Laugh out Love. His electro-pop showers and strobe-light flashes are melodically creased with arches that show sensibilities liken to Hellogoodbye. In the same vane as solo artists who go by special monikers like The Secret Handshake’s Luis Dubuc, Say Hi’s Eric Elbogen, The Rocket Summer’s Bryce Avary, and Never Shout Never’s Christopher Drew, Trevor Dowdy has one of these specially made namesakes which goes by I Married My Highschool Sweetheart. It is a totally milksoppy name but really sweet.
The ambient channels and delicately cropped effects of “For Sarah” are gelled in swirling motions, while the puffy synths of “You Are The 1” are hemmed by a sequin of beaded acoustic guitar strings giving the tune country overtones. The jolly bobbing of “For Jayma” are loosely chained while the prattling beats of “How Japan Looks From The Sky” are whisked in glistening electro-pop glitters. The melodic rock simmer of “Laugh Out Loud” are rouged by airy violins while “For Yuri” is riddled in bars of hydroplaned synths. The reggae singed electrodes of “All 4 U” are pillowed by comfy rhythmic swells, contrasting the perky prance in the rhythmic struts of “For Emily and Sami” kicks in with flouncy jumps and bangles of seraphic ethers and sonic streaks.
Dowdy’s music project I Married My Highschool Sweetheart is dominated by electro-pop casings and stylish bouffant-puffed synths showing a likeness to Hellogoodbye and reflections of The Secret Handshake. For now, Dowdy’s music is made for his corner of the world, but it has promise to go beyond those perimeters some day.