Review: Baby Boys Kick Down the Doors with Debut Album ‘Threesome’

Threesome - Baby Boys
Baby Boys release their debut album, ‘Threesome,’ serving up a chaotically dazzling symphony of funky and fresh.
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Sound is difficult to master. One decibel can make or break it all Baby Boys explores this truth in their debut album, Threesome. The Minneapolis-based trio is composed of Caleb Hinz, Jake Luppen, and Nathan Stocker, longtime friends and musicians. The multi-instrumentalists embrace noise as an experiment on their debut album, their latest release since the 2019 EP I’m Set. The group bends these songs to their will, creating a spectacle of genre-bending, mind-boggling, head-bop-inducing music. Threesome is the product of creativity, playfulness, and friendship, as seen in the uniquely crafted songs featured on the release. Every song begins differently, a mix of hums and clicks, blended to perfection.

Threesome – Baby Boys

In true Baby Boys fashion, the listener is welcomed to their realm with a medley of the weird and warm. Vocals are traded effortlessly, marked by Hinz’s deep hum, Stocker’s clear tone, and Luppen’s effortless falsetto. These signature details are sewn together with a delicate balance, where each song is strong enough to stand alone, yet finds a home in the whole. Take “Maggot Water” for example — more appealing than the name suggests. The boom of the percussion is inescapable, driving the song in a dynamic couplets. The track is three minutes of push and pull, the tension of band-kid chord voicings and layered vocals. In the first two songs alone, a new and exciting mix is introduced. The boys bring us into their space, where they offer a part of them, ideas steeped in creative freedom.

The album provides a balance that defines the group. The album is composed of ten songs, each featuring a different sound and different theme. One minute dancing to the beat of “Bum Ving Gatti,” a tune that begins with an ’80s-pop style intro and progresses into an anarchic anthem of delightful gibberish; the next minute, moving slowly towards the sunset, entranced by “Flower.” Stocker’s voice and the individual notes resonates safe and sound. Luppen enters the foreground with his graceful lull, singing “I see you faking because you come right back/Another failed attempt, another bad relapse” while Stocker confesses quietly, “I’m a flower dyed black and blue.

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The release is a testament to innovation, demonstrating the chemistry between Hinz, Luppen, and Stocker as musicians. The three accomplish the impossible, copying and pasting the eccentric right next to the modest. Though you may expect cacophony, the result is a carefully brewed concoction. Baby Boys harness artistic freedom, careful hands wielding paintbrushes pointed at a blank canvas. You can hear the amount of thought that goes into their work, whether it be their metaphorical lyrics or their instrumental landscape. Make no mistake, Threesome is a banger.

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