Before Andrew Iafrate was an Appalachian roots folk singer-songwriter with the facial hair of a mountaineer, he was "Andy," - a teenager in Parkersburg playing melancholic pop acoustic songs under the moniker Pariah Prophecy.
Not unlike his singer-songwriter brother Mikey Iafrate before him (and most acoustic musicians spawned during the late '90s and early '00s), the sound on The Personal Is Political resembles that of the late Elliott Smith's Either/Or. Recorded at home in 2001/2002 while Andy was still in high school, the lyrics and music show an apparent songwriting maturity. The tone of the album - set by Andy's soft voice and lightly played guitar - is quiet and gentle throughout. The only presence of percussion on is on the album's final track, and is from a wall clock.
Now living in Louisville, Andrew continues to write and record music. Though long departed from the style of his teenage years, Andrew is a guileless musician. One thing his music has never lacked is the ability to write genuine songs. The Personal Is Political only helps show us that skill comes naturally to Andrew.
Artist: Pariah Prophecy.
Album: The Personal Is Political.
For Fans Of: Elliott Smith, Red House Painters, Pedro The Lion.
DOWNLOAD: Pariah Prophecy - The Personal Is Political.