American Drip, Part1 contains a dozen killer synth-pop tunes full of "hope-tinged despair" made by the duo Adam & Vince who met in New Orleans and overcame a mutual hatred of each other to dream up their misfit tales from a small apartment in Austin.
Smart and cynical, these self-declared "trashcan cowbois" have produced a winning set of road-worthy songs tailor-made for driving to nowhere in particular. The opening track is called Living the Dream but you are not advised to take this notion seriously.
The duo name-check LA and NYC but seem unimpressed by the heady glitz of either city. Heartbreak Kid sums up their plight as they come to terms with being "too young to die and too old to talk shit."
Relationships offer little by way of respite. Check out the unfiltered exasperation of Let Me Down: "Are you ever gonna love me? Are you ever gonna leave me? Or just fuck around?"
Their inspiration is their screwed up life of frustrations but the black humor means that desperation is never part of the deal.
World weary they may be but their attitude carries them through. I'm already looking forward to Part 2.