I find it kind of hard to believe that I've never posted a Cut of the Day by ex-Kissing Book frontman Andrew Kaffer, but a cursory LocalCut search confirms it. So, here's a laidback, loungey electro-acoustic number from 2006's Idle Idol
, Kaffer's proper solo debut. You might recognize his voice from various Magic Marker efforts: the House Full of Friends
or We Can Still Be Friends
comps—or perhaps actual Magic Marker back-in-the-day house shows. Kaffer's also appeared on States Rights' '04 comp, Own Zone
, among others.
Point is, dude's been around for awhile. And this is one of my favorite tracks by him (stay tuned for my fave Kissing Book track, coming soon; might as well have a regular Kaffer retrospective now that I've realized my oversight, eh?). Why a fave? Well, "Times Two" has romantic, let's-hibernate lyrics; a shuffling, inorganic backbeat; and a laidback, Sea & Cake-ish groove that just spells lazy backyard cocktail sippin' to my ear.
The ringing, spacy keys give it a nice futuristic touch, too, driving home the thing that's so cool about Kaffer's music—he enhances all the earnest emotional immediacy of singer-songwriter fare, but embellishes it with creative production, subtle danceability, some experimental just-plain-weirdness and an easy, breezy vibe that distracts just enough from the melodrama of his voice...and steers you right into the clouds.
Kaffer on Marriage Recs' Site
Photo: taken from Marriage Records' site.