Release Date: Mar 13, 2020
Record label: Domino
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Beginning with 2016's Pool, his second album under the Porches moniker, Aaron Maine fashioned a distinctively spare and brooding form of synthesizer song. Highly stylized and mostly self-recorded, the tracks have ranged from eerie synth pop to pining keyboard balladry, with an intimate, lovelorn melancholia dominating each album. He reinforces all of those qualities on a dramatic fourth long-player, Ricky Music.
Aaron Maine's debut as Porches, 2013's Slow Dance in the Cosmos, was perfect if you were young and falling in love for the first time. The album was an indie-rock dream sequence where Maine imagined himself kissing his best friends and going down on his girlfriend before she headed off to therapy. It was funny, earnest, and sweet; it felt like the start of a promising career helmed by a doe-eyed musician who knew a thing or two about writing scrappy rock songs.
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Aaron Maine has always teetered on the cusp of greatness as Porches since his 2013 debut 'Slow Dance In The Cosmos', but is yet to execute his masterstroke. A stalemate which continues with 'Ricky Music'. While this collection is his slickest, most watertight LP, it does little to push his sound or songwriting forward. In 2016, it felt as if Aaron was ahead of the game on the leap from 'Slow Dance Of The Cosmos' to follow-up 'Pool' which traded guitars for minimalist synth pop.