Pretty Ugly Boy

FRESH: ‘Quarter-Life Crisis’ – Pretty Ugly Boy

Pretty Ugly Boy releases the album, “Quarter Life Crisis”

LA singer and producer Pretty Ugly Boy has just released his second long player, “Quarter Life Crisis”, riding high on the success of his latest single, “High Brow”, Pretty Ugly Boy’s latest release comes on the day of his 21st birthday. The album is a concept record that deals with the feelings of leaving your youth and entering adulthood. Sonically, “Quarter-Life Crisis” sees Pretty Ugly Boy refine his synth pop sound that he has become known for while also exploring new genres such as house and pop.

“Quarter Life Crisis” runs to nine tracks and opens with the Erasure-like “How I Get” and continues with the 80’s arcade sounding “When We Settle”. “Time Waster” contines with Erasure theme with a wash of synths across the chorus and middle-eight while “Headspace” takes the tone down somewhat, sounding very Cure-like c.1989. “What If My Dreams Don’t Come True?” could of been written in 1981 and recorded by the Human League. Pretty Ugly Boy seems to be very intune with the emergence of synth pop in the early 80’s, so this is a track for those of us that can remember music of that period.

The aforementioned “High Brow” keeps the 80’s dream alive with shadee of Yazoo. Every song on this album is simple yet effective and carefully crafted around Pretty Ugly Boy’s vocal range. “And Now I Know” is a striking number that caught my attention from the word go. This is a standout track on the album as is “Gentle Conquer”, an acoustic which develops into a sweeping band number, although it’s soon over as all too soon, we enter “The Hunter”, the final track which harks in the Ultravox camp. Dark and brooding, the penetrates as it keeps to a single key for the whole length.

Pretty Ugly Boy is the creative vessel for 20 year old Kaleb Zamudio from the suburbs of Los Angeles who has been recording music since 2013 and began releasing music under the name Pretty Ugly Boy in 2018. Since then, he has released one previous album, six singles and six videos. In addition to recording his own music, Pretty Ugly Boy also creates all of his visuals and to accompany “Quarter-life Crisis”, he has made a zine full of his lyrics and artwork which can be purchased on his big cartel site.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!