“Souvenirs” is a great indie alternative rock one. From beginning to end, no weak points, no fillers, it’s all-killer material. As a matter of fact, I’m curious about what Aboutmeemo will do next, it’s quite a task to top this one. Profound, assertive, moody at times, hopeful at others, the result is some of the most intense and what truly feels like meaningful music. By the time you reach the final track, “Up Here”, you would have understood that Aboutmeemo is the real thing in a musical world of sham and hype. Rough around the edges but rocking, poetic and penetrating on the inside “Souvenirs”, takes us into Aboutmeemo’s alternative rock vision. This is a must have, if you’re tired of the watered down pop, or the cloned rock that has drowned out the real music scene for the past few years.”
“The lyrics are strong with a grittiness in vocals. The music however, is relaxing and makes you want to sit back and listen. The soft airiness in this alternative song with grunge qualities will inspire. While the overall feel of Souvenirs is alternative, a grunge influence can be heard throughout. Grunge is making a comeback in music, only it is a new sound of grunge, which is better. Overall, this album will be one to chillax to, so to speak. The guitars, bass, and drums are played with passion.”
"His most celebrated release so far, ‘Souvenirs’ is a twelve-track collection of dynamic alt. rock. Bringing influences from his life growing up in Italy and Ireland, Ripa’s sound is a clear evolution on Seattle’s cult scene. Infused with a heavy grunge vibe, the album is filled with visceral droning guitars, heavy bass notes, and atmospherics that just get heavier as the album rolls on. Tracks like ‘Shapeshifter’, ‘432 Hertz Mind’, and the album’s title track all creak along with the classic Seattle sound, bringing all the old anthemics to the modern era. It’s not all lingering, growling anthems though, and ‘Souvenirs’ knows how to bring the high intensity cuts sure enough. bringing to a close one of the most authentic, modern grunge album we came across."
"His song writing is steeped in classic rock influence and homage. He combines the thoughtful compositions of Jeff Buckley and Chris Cornell with the dense instrumentation of Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins. Although the music is universal, the lyrics are deeply personal to Mimmo Ripa. He deals with the harsh realities of emigration and the need to retain one’s cultural values and individuality, while far removed from one’s homeland."
"Aboutmeemo is a modern day troubadour with an acoustic-driven alt-rock sound. His talent is blindingly obvious to anyone with the slightest taste in good singer-songwriter music.
We’re currently in the midst of a global human connection breakdown, and Aboutmeemo minces no words on this recording, offering his perspective to the suffering human soul who is forced to lose his roots and dignity when translocating.
Aboutmeemo is an amazingly gifted musician and composer. (His) lyrics perfectly articulate his thoughts, while the restrained urgency and excitement are vividly conveyed by the simple emotional tenor of his vocals."
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"He has a new EP that’s out titled “Love that you hold it’s the pain that you carry” & it’s pretty dope. He has a pretty decent catalog for an international artist. I don’t usually blog overseas music unless its dope with progress attached. I enjoyed this project. It’s more sauce on the way as we speak. He saucing is way up the ranks. I liked this. Straight Sauce!"
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"It’s not all that often anymore that you come across a thoroughly refreshing, original sounding indie act that leads with impressively unique yet humble songwriting. Enter ABOUTMEEMO, an indie artist with a sound that’s quickly recognizable as being his. The sound is organic, real, you can picture a live show, and it makes sense as the alternative escapism that it is. What takes the music to a whole other level though is the sense of depth, the considerate nature of the writing – and of course that voice, that style. ABOUTMEEMO is an exciting new artist with a totally fascinating writing style – one that fuses poetry and personal experience to connect on a deeper level. The sound feels like the sort of unheard edge that first gave you a thrill back when The Pixies or similar bands of that time would emerge and be doing their own thing entirely. Well worth streaming in full – an artist absolutely worth following over the coming months."