It's Good to Be Alive

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Written and recorded by Wolfie's Joe Ziemba and Amanda Lyons as a kind of musical time capsule created to bring them comfort and happiness in their old age -- forward thinking, that, given both were still in their early 20s at the time of the record's release -- Busytoby's It's Good to Be Alive is an indie-pop valentine to the young couple's family and friends, a euphoric celebration of the wonders of love and life. The record's plot imagines Ziemba and Lyons as grandparents, reflecting on the key events of their lives through a series of Casio-driven songs deeply influenced by the sunshine pop of the late '60s; although inspired by specific people and places -- some real, some not (yet) -- each touches on themes universal to the human experience, revealing surprising depth and wisdom from ones so young. It's high-concept stuff, to be sure (especially in relation to Wolfie's childlike charms), but crafted with so much affection and so little guile that it works brilliantly.

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