Singer-songwriters are sometimes referred to as a dying breed in today’s music industry. Part of this may be attributed to the high-speed technology that drives much of the music we hear today--with artists writing songs on their MacBooks, uploading them to Soundcloud all while touring rigorously. Nic Arp, however, is more concerned with quality over quantity, and the output from his two releases--spaced apart by 7 years--defends this claim. 2013’s Tiny Wings is a slow-driving record whose attention to detail pays off in the form of a universally satisfying experience. Arp, an Iowa City resident, rightfully places himself front and center for much of the album, often serving as the centerpiece from which tracks ultimately build upon. Carefully weaving several genres together, Arp blends sounds borrowed from blues, country and Americana to build upon observant lyrics that often come from the perspective of an outsider. Much more than a simple guitar-driven album, several unexpected elements appear throughout the album, such as the subtle strings on the title track, which beautifully accompany Arp’s quiet vocal delivery. Another instrumental supplement includes a hollow harmonica, most prominent on tracks “Deep Freeze” and “Good Guy,” that compliments the collective in a layering manner. However, that’s not to say the album does not contain it’s fair share of blues-driven licks from the guitar--in fact, Arp shines most near the final third of many songs, when all attention is transferred toward the six-string. Utilizing several different sounds and pedals, each track’s guitar sounds fresh and remains the highlight of most of the album. The album closes with the slow-building ballad, “Locomotive,” which sways from beat to beat, begging its listener to march down the street to the inflections of Arp’s sharp-hinged vocals. Nearly two minutes longer than any other track on the album, it serves as a fitting goodbye, one whose simple vocals remain in the listeners’ mind even after its conclusion. Now with two records to his name, Arp has firmly established himself as a provider of classic, well-executed blues rock, with a perfect balance between familiar sounds and personalized touches.