The Ivoryton Piano Factory & Friends Permagrin: The Music of Justin Veatch

The Ivoryton Piano Factory & Friends Permagrin: The Music of Justin Veatch
Only 17 years old, Justin Veatch died in his sleep from an accidental drug overdose. The young musician, who learned piano at a young age and then gravitated to other instruments, such as trumpet, drums and guitar, had begun recording his first album before his death and his father committed himself to finishing the task. He took his son's six completed songs and enlisted the help of various artists to fill in the blanks. The end result is 14 songs: Justin's six originals under the Ivoryton Piano Factory moniker, seven covers and one bonus track by Justin's friend Anthony Melillo. "ESRT Page 14" is the most emotionally driven song, with a pulsating beat and unforgettable refrain that repeats over and over. Owen and Hard Calibers (members of Boys Night Out) take turns covering this song –― Owen's being sparser and more contemplative, while Hard Calibers incorporate gang vocals to accentuate the repeated three lines. Moving Mountains' cover of "Can't Afford the Colour" is another inspiring rendition of Justin's original, showcasing the softer side of Moving Mountains. While the repetition of the project can wear thin after repeated listens, there's enough variation and gems to make this a worthwhile album. All proceeds support the Justin Veatch Fund. (Polyvinyl)