Exploring the high highs and low lows
Claudio Sanchez, the independent artist behind The Prize Fighter Inferno, has released his newest album, The City Introvert, which allows listeners to glean insight into Sanchez’s individual soul. The captivating blend of acoustic, folk, electronic and pop is surprisingly exhilarating. Distinct bells, whistles, vocal effects and synthesizers are incorporated at every turn, frankly making the album a great listen for anyone who struggles to focus. The fire-cracker-like enthusiasm keeps the listener entranced as Sanchez journeys through a variety of motifs. There is certainly a nice ebb and flow to the album, with no two songs sounding alike. This also allows the album to have a refreshing feel and truly establishes Sanchez as an out-of-the-box creator.
As a prominent member of Coheed and Cambria, a band that emerged from the ’90s New York rock scene, Sanchez obviously knows how to string a song together. The obvious skill garnered from his other endeavors allows him to seemingly just have fun, evidenced in the way the album invokes a feeling of careless joy. Songs like “Stray Bullets” allow the listener to blossom with confidence as they are introduced to a few rap verses, while more mellow tracks like “Stay Where You Are” give refuge for judgment-free introspection. Though Sanchez explores a variety of exciting thematic trials and tribulations in his work, they are always approached with an optimistic lens supported by a fast-paced instrumental arrangement. The high highs created by the keyboard and auto-tuned vocals in “More Than Love” prime the listener to be open to the low lows expressed in “Rock Bottom,” where the slower, more percussive tones feel less intense, given the overall flow of the album. In this sense, Sanchez is truly gifted at assimilating all of life’s emotions into one cohesive story, painted by his distinct viewpoint.
The Prize Fighter Inferno’s The City Introvert is compelling because people can truly feel the fun Sanchez had while producing the album. Sanchez manages to find beauty and optimism even in the darkest corners of the mind and bring these thoughts to light in the form of music. Though the album may be more distinctive, The City Introvert truly embodies how magical the process of making music can be.