Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Review: 'How to Find a Party' by Ludovin


I haven't been shy about showing my love for NBC's Community.  It's a great show in every facet.  Even the background music is great.  This girl knows what I'm talking about.  Community's soundtrack is done by Ludwig Göransson, who also works on the (almost) equally great shows New Girl and Happy Endings.  As you can see, he's making the rounds on network sitcoms.  You might also know him from his work with Donal Glover alter ego Childish Gambino, showing up most recently on Camp.  What you may not know, though, is that Göransson is an artist in his own right, and he wants the world to know it with his brand new EP as Ludovin, titled How to Find a Party.

How to Find a Party starts with the upbeat-despite-its-name "If I Die Before You".  My first impression was that this would fit in perfectly in an episode of Community...and then I remembered that it actually was featured in an episode of Community, so there's that.  This is followed up by "So Happy", filled with saccharine-laden lyrics that would be completely corny and ridiculous if they weren't so cute and sweet (and corny).

String-heavy "Another One" picks up the pace and is contrasted nicely by the slower ballad "Stars".  The title track is a tough one to tackle; it begins moody and atmospheric until it explodes into a beat that would be right at home at a dance club.  These two forms alternate throughout the song and there's a nice breakout at the end that leads perfectly into the final track.

"Tricks" features collaborator Childish Gambino.  The hip-hop/rap overlay is a stark difference from most of the EP but it provides a unique closer.  It's also always good to hear Gambino on any track, and his presence will certainly draw some well-deserved attention to the EP as a whole.

Ludovin is Göransson's way of releasing his musical creativity in an outlet that isn't run by corporate mandates or the needs of a 22-minute television show.  It's clear that Göransson has talent that goes well beyond soundtrack instrumentals.  How to Find a Party is worth the price of admission, but it gets even better in that it's available completely for free.  This EP is pure creativity unleashed and should give some much needed accolades to someone normally relegated to the background.

http://www.ludovin.com/
http://www.ludwiggoransson.com/

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