HI MY NAME IS RYAN: Honestly: CS

A capella, low-fi indie pop that delivers bleak lyrics with peppy melodies in a way that elicits knowing laughter from the audience. Early Daniel Johnston is an easy comparison, but instead of being bleedingly earnest, the humor is wry and emotional, transcending novelty or outsider art. These sixteen songs sound like they were recorded on a boombox at a house show, and it’s cool to hear the audience commit and react. Great, now I’m mentally preparing to spend tomorrow singing, “Do you ever feel so blue that you wish god would fucking crush you?” under my breath at work. –Chris Terry (relatedrecords.bandcamp.com)