Is no one gonna talk about the fact that my new profile picture is Reddit Sarah Bonito wearing an MF Doom mask? Ok.
Hmm, a set of soulful folk ballads that aren't exactly my cup of tea but could be a godsend to many.
As someone who doesn't find the genre of folk to be enthusing in particular save for when the writing is mad interesting yet introspective or the production has odd quirks to supplement it, this album was rather impressive in a few ways.
I'm almost illiterate to Graeme James' music, but from what I observe, I can conclude he ain't American, or maybe I haven't done my homework on accents yet. It almost feels like first-person storytelling that immerses you in even though I don't pick up a handful of the lyrics. There's something oddly candid and enriching about his vocals. And while the first tracks stagnate, the rest of the tracks, especially "The Voyage of James Caird" are put together immaculately. His beautiful vocal performances just aid the simplistic instrumentals and work together so very smooth that it almost feels like this EP is playing it safe, and that's where it falls short.
Yes, there's the obvious lack of experimentation on the entire 26-minute runtime but this isn't necessarily the nail in the coffin as "The Weight of Many Winters has ever so much going for it", the bridges and outros in particular. The melodramatic and well-produced final portions to every track almost outdo the rest of the track attached to them, this is particularly evident on track 5, Orpheus. An uncredited female vocalist assists Graeme on the final moments of the EP's penultimate song, and this is a thing of pure beauty.
The storytelling and writing pass the barrier of good by a foot and arm but it's the outro, Time, and it's an eerie and haunting topical matter about accepting death that puts you off but also draws you in. Yes, it isn't that deep, but it functions well for its genre.
As a result of all of these factors culminating in a pretty solid project in general, the recording is pretty, and the use of flutes and synths are also a welcome addition to the EPs backdrop. It only about passes the Benchmark set by its peers out in the same vein but this once again isn't necessarily a bad thing because, at the end of the day, it's a lighthearted coffeehouse themed album that's not gonna blow you away, but man it certainly doesn't disappoint, even to someone who grew up on Carly Rae Jepsen and Young Thug.
So I'm left without a flicker of regret for choosing to study to this one even though it isn't exceptional. It's certainly up there with the good projects I've checked out so far in the first week of 2021. It's a horrible start for many, I know some people on this site that have already had a worse time in these four days than the entirety of last year, but for me, it's mostly all good news, just a bit awry a lot of people I know aren't in a good state of mind. I'm going off-topic, but yeah, here's a pretty project to chill out to even though it isn't substance bound.