Sound — 7
Peter Andreadis, the drummer for Chicago's rock band Baby Teeth, keeps himself fit as an artist and musician by working on his solo music project All City Affairs. Originally trained as a guitarist, Andreadis started ACA to use his broad range of talent and creative surges, which have guided ACA into the depths of modern electro-club fusion relatable to Radiohead, country tinged synth rock, and an enchanting astral fare of psychedelics and muted shoegaze material that recall of '80s new wave bands like The Style Council, Haircut 100, and Icicle Works. ACA has released it's second album called Identity Theft, which comes in the wake of it's debut album Bees from 2006. Both albums are on Lujo Records, the home of Baby Teeth's records as well, and though Andreadis played an active role in Baby Teeth's music, ACA's songs are quite different making use of the various parts of Andreadis' musical anatomy. Many of the songs from Identity Theft border on club music while walking on the line of melodically twined synth waves liken to Stephen Becker's project Le Concorde. Songs such as Flashback To When We Both Were Young and One More Shot are washed in glossy sounding passages and gently pivoting swells that seem to permeate from the nimble movements of the senses more so than from the intellect. ACA also dip into country breezed synth rock which sound like a crossroads session between Elliott Smith and Interpol in songs like The End Of Loneliness and the title track. The elasticity in ACA's melodic patterns and meandering walks have a freestyle penmanship shown in tracks like Wonderful Now and the slinky sound effects of So Much Control Part 2, which are bereft in a Spoon-like folksy sway. Andreadis experiments with sounds and textures in these tracks that inject changes in them which not only shift their course but their meaning like the jagged guitar links that kink the steady beats of Different When We're Alone and the capsules of swirling synth mosaics that flip through the soft ticking beats along Slide. The music seem to want to convey a story to audiences projecting an ambience that draws the listener into taking a seat and opening them up to this sonic experience.
Lyrics — 8
Andreadis' lyrics take a look inward and tries to grapple with the circumstances that he faces. His singing has a folksy wail like in Little Pills where a handful of phrases paint a picture of inner struggling, You're too alone and there is too much going on Get those demons off my back little pills / Make my prescription out to All City Affairs / Keep them coming doctor send me the pills Are you going to wait until it's making you old man / Telling yourself that it's not that hard / That you're not really that much like your old man / But you know that the apple doesn't fall that far. Andreadis seems to be chiding himself in this track, but sometimes he is just making little observations about the world around him like in White People Clapping. When he reflects about the growing discrepancy between the wealthy and the poor, When it rains, they say it pours but who controls the floodgates and who opens the door when it rains, it pours It's just a bunch of white people clapping for themselves / And I don't know when they'll rise above their wealth / Everyone is thinking of themselves / Themselves.
Overall Impression — 7
All City Affairs provides Peter Andreadis with a vehicle to let out all those sensations, observations and creative surges that he ferment inside of him. It is a chance for him to create an eclectic folk mixture that consists of elements of electro-pop, club music, country, and folksy based storytelling. The track Little Pills brings out ACA's eclectic folk propellers, and the tune White People Clapping with it's tenderly pulsating beats and lightly stroking synth swivels promulgate a storytelling vibe with The Grimm Brothers luster. Though Andreadis' singing makes the listener's ears strain to hear the words, the music creates an ambience that speaks for the lyrics, making it seem as if no words are needed to convey the messages being expressed in the songs.