Bonus #4: Friendship Induced Pod (Ian Rees)

Barry and Abigail interview family friend Ian Rees to discuss his latest project, a solo album called Panic Induced Love.

Ian discusses many of his musical influences along the way, including The Beatles, Yes, Primus, Radiohead, Sigur Rós, Animal Collective, and Steve Vai.

Ian also discussed composer Bruce Broughton, who worked with his father on Disneyland Paris’s CinéMagique attraction, as an influence on his decision to pursue a career as a soundtrack composer.

Abigail describes Panic Induced Love as an “edgier version of Owl City.”

Ian shared that the track Reasons (A Love Song) was inspired in part by Sleepyhead by Passion Pit.

Ian also shared that the track Feathers was inspired in part by Phone Call, a track from the soundtrack to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Everyone discussed their fascination with depressing, complex lyrics that are masked bouncy music, including Jumper by Third Eye Blind. Or just depressing but powerful lyrics like the album Hospice by The Antlers.

Ian plays every instrument on every track. If you don’t believe us, check out his YouTube channel and watch clips from his Building A Song Series!

Also, check out his Bo Burnham-inspired video Why Do I Eat So Much Cheese?

Ian’s other solo EP, Anxious, is also available on Spotify.

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