Young & Restless
Have you ever had a moment when you weren't sure if time was coming or going? Or have you had a daydream so vivid that you could swear you were in another place altogether? If so, you belong in the world of Jeff's Holiday. Young and Restless is the debut album from the group. The nine tracks on the album were carefully constructed and painstakingly arranged using keyboard, synthesizer, organ, ukulele, and miscellaneous toys and household objects. This is a basement recording project in the truest sense. Jeff holed up in his family's basement, and later in his dorm room, to let these songs develop to their full potential. A natural progression can be heard across the album, as Jeff slowly discovered the directions he wanted to explore. These songs were not written in one fleeting blitz, and were not recorded for the sake of releasing anything (as many current bands do). Jeff's Holiday is testament to the notion that music is a form of art, and a recording is the document of that art. Young and Restless combines the integrity of Radiohead, the catchiness of the Postal Service, the dreaminess of Cocteau Twins, and the subtle experimentation of Boards of Canada. Of course, there are no direct comparisons - only fading glimpses of familiar sounds. A few songs were composed, and then later their true natures were exposed through recording them in reverse. The result is an otherworldly voyage into your own soul. Later, the album takes you on multiple adventures through largely unclassifiable music. The songs buzz with the excitement, doubt, joy and pain of leaving home for the first time, and testing the waters of the "real world." We've all been there. We all know how terrible, yet vital, the experience is. And, when all is said and done, we could all use a holiday.