Putting aside the quirkiness of the concept here, “Have a Good Time” by “Stepfather Fred” is an undeniably addictive piece of music with a melodic groove and dreamlike ambiance that work hard to draw you in and keep you captivated. The dark and somewhat brooding aura of the song reaches out and connects in a surprising way. “Stepfather Fred” is from Germany and he is doing a pretty good job by making these amazing tracks to the audience out there with a great vibe.
The entire first half of the track is simplistic and melodic, the beat has a minimalist nature to it, the melody and indeed the soundscape are thick when they hit, but everything around these creates a lightly colorful ambiance that feels crisp and sets the scene perfectly for the vocals that accompany it. Stepfather Fred’s vocals fit beautifully within the context of this piece of music, his affected hook sound drives the leading notes of the track in a strong way, adding to that smoothness and leaving you quickly lost within the progression.
Everything about the song works hard to make certain you’re left thinking about it or singing it through in your mind. “Stepfather Fred” as an artist has a certain image and approach to creativity that invites curiosity and intrigue. Having listened to a couple of his earlier releases, this one has a notably more mellow vibe, leaning more in the direction of rock inspired offerings from before. The soundscape in this case is really well crafted, the instrumental choices work perfectly, the chord progression has this mildly melancholy, reflective mood about it.
“Have a Good Time” has an infectiously catchy tune, the first minute or so takes the form of a familiar and rhythmic groove – it works, it sounds good, it lifts you up a little. As you approach the half-way mark though, the leading vocal brings something unique to the sound, the melody starts to grab you, the subject matter starts to step forward a little more boldly. You begin to get that Heavy Alternative Rock vibe from the track and it is awesome.