Roman Mendez has developed an interesting concept. Since January 2011, this Buenos Aires-based musician has been creating one song after another in order to establish ‘The Never Ending Album’ project. As things stand in early August, there are ten songs.
Slightly left of centre indie rock would be an adequate description for Mendez’s music. ‘Travelller’ and ‘Ya Sé’ possess a slightly grungy edge but ‘Thoughts & Chords’ reveal a deftness of touch which recalls Felt. The constant is Mendez’s keening and rather thin vocals. Nevertheless, some of his songwriting deserves praise, not least the wistful melancholia of ‘Percy’ and the haunting acoustic-based ‘Cavern’.
As an artist, Mendez keeps the arrangements and styles reasonably interesting without losing any cohesion. However, some of the songs tend to get undermined by the fraility of the vocals.
As a concept though, ‘The Never Ending Album’ is only likely to work for well-established artists who can command a fan’s interest for a lengthy period. At the moment there are just ten tracks and thirty three minutes of music but if Mendez keeps up a rate of a track a month next year, it’s unlikely even devotees of his work could sit through 100 minutes of hand-wringing rock of this calibre.