Dog Coffee is a somewhat veteran of the Manchester Music Scene, writing candidly about his own life and experiences. Now tearing it up in Sheffield, he only makes fleeting appearances in Manchester, so it is lovely to have this self-titled EP to remind me of him.
Coffee opens his musical package with ‘Small Price’ which gives lo-fi production values with an arrangement that’s fun to listen to. The cutely polished keys and strings contradict the raw gritty vocals in a charming manner. His passion is very apparent, sometimes at the expense of tuning and tonality, but it’s an entertaining listen.
The humorously named ‘Stale Porridge’ opens with a guitar that is ironically rich and flavourful. This song is a gentler lament of ambition, as the audience is invited to sing along to ‘when I’m free’ and feels a little more uplifting.
‘Dina’ takes the EP in a snappier direction with a rhythmically engaging chord progression and a pretty flute part in the background. The incorporation of backing vocals from Lucy Bernardez really adds to the song, giving the EP much more depth.
We close with ‘The Fire’, a song rich in intimate fret noise, and Coffee’s rambling vocal style is almost Dylan-esque, presenting a hint of a nice hook.
‘Dog Coffee EP’ is lo-fi and proud. From the humble home studio Coffee presents an insight into his mind and thoughts, delivering some engaging material with colourful, but limited arrangement. His songwriting is at times uplifting and at times tragic, but this EP has made for a pleasant listen. 7/10
You can listen to Dog Coffee EP here: