The Happy Pill Academy’s “Postcards to and from a Doomed Civilisation”

The Happy Pill Academy’s “Postcards to and from a Doomed Civilisation”
The Happy Pill Academy’s “Postcards to and from a Doomed Civilisation”

Music review: The Happy Pill Academy’s “Postcards to and from a Doomed Civilisation” album.

London-based alternative grunge group, The Happy Pill Academy, are ironic, to say the least.  This low-fi high concept album, “Postcards to and from a Doomed Civilisation,” is gorgeous in its stripped back and yet somehow deeply touching sonically dissonant musical universe.

The Happy Pill Academy’s “Postcards to and from a Doomed Civilisation”
The Happy Pill Academy’s “Postcards to and from a Doomed Civilisation”

It’s a journey through a robotic life. Searching for meaning to its existence, our mechanical hero takes a holiday, gets lost and tries to find his way back – to home and to himself.  

The Happy Pill Academy’s “Postcards to and from a Doomed Civilisation” is a poetic, clangy, emotive experimental play on the theme of hopelessness in our present collective and possibly hopeless position. Taught with hyper meaning, lovely echoing production, littered with cleverness, lilting instrumentation and impossibly perfect spaces.

The album is unexpectedly good. Sweetly short tracks all perfectly placed together to follow the dreams of a robot created perhaps just to tell this tale.  I loved it. If you appreciate the dreams of others, I think you might, too.

The Happy Pill Academy’s “Postcards to and from a Doomed Civilisation”
The Happy Pill Academy’s “Postcards to and from a Doomed Civilisation”

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Team:

Label: Independent

Musician Names/Instruments: Matthew Guy Ibbs (Vocals, Guitar, Ukelele, Bass, Percussion), Jef Leeson (Keyboards)

Producer Name(s): Matthew Guy Ibbs, James Humphry, Lance Turner

Credits:

Jef Leeson – Keyboards & Most Excellent Dude – @jefleeson

James Humphry – Mixing, Ideas Guy & General Support

Lance Turner – Mastering & Reassuring Text Messages @itslanceturner

Jordan McInally – Cover Photo & Purveyor of Finest Beards – @undersoul_photography

Benjymous – Song Title Permission @Benjymous

KCFONTS – Album Title Font – kcfonts.com

junkohanhero – THPA Logo Font – http://www.junkohanhero.com

Barry Parkinson (Beepea) – Original Logo Design & Punk Rock / Math Rock Legend

Amy Curtis & Professor Wiggles – Best Wife, Best/Worst Dog, & Emotional Support Structure

Websites:

Discord: https://discord.gg/GGwaEQee8w & Telegram: t.me/pillacademy

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pillacademy

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PillAcademy

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pillacademy/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCXF8XN6r4pPOUxzTDLe4qA

Artist Contact Email: happypillacademy@gmail.com

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
Author: Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer and filmmaker living In Los Angeles.