I’m exhausted but not ready to turn in for bed just yet. My ever-growing list of albums to review has been haunting me lately and I really want to pound one more review out tonight before I give into my exhaustion. I had heard a couple of singles from Jake Huffman and was excited when he told me that he had a little EP coming out. My weekend went by too fast and, although this EP came out on Sunday, I am just now getting to it (sorry Jake). That being said, the beauty and energy I heard in those few singles may be just what I need to end tonight on a high note so I put on his quick three-song EP and let my mind wander into his music.
“All For Love” kicks this quick three-song EP off with an undeniable sense of energy and a sound that only Jake Huffman can pull off. Although you can hear a million influences ranging from The Glorious Sons to Barns Courtney to that generic indie band that you can never remember the name of, Jake brings in so many intricate lines of notes and words that dodges the classification of “generic” with ease. Although exhausted, this opening track had my fingers ablaze and my head in a different world where I haven’t been up since 5 AM.
Although I love the rocking vibe of “All For Love”, the calmer and almost bluesy feeling of “Give You Up” instantly caught me. Jake’s vocals are so sweet and smooth while having this edge to them that makes sure you don’t miss a single word that he says. The instrumentation is just as precise and important. Although the vocals are what really caught my ear and what had me in love with Jake upon my first listen, the band behind him (which I came to find out is actually just Jake– yeah, try and wrap your head around that one) does everything with a sense of intention and perfection that it’s impossible to ignore. At the same time, they don’t take away from the immense talent in Jake’s voice. Balance is key and Jake Huffman and all of the people behind him have that balance on lock.
“Ride Around” closes out this all-too-quick EP with a very care-free and calming feeling. It’s one of those tracks that puts you in a car driving down the PCH in California even if you’re in the snowy arctic tundra that is Minnesota. Although I really didn’t’ want this EP to end, it couldn’t have ended on a better track.
This is when I would typically say that although all the tracks were great, three songs just weren’t enough to get a real feel for Jake’s talent but that’s not the case here. Sure, it’s only three songs but each song shows a different side of this amazing musician making it a perfect display of what Jake Huffman has to offer while leaving you begging for more.
My Favorite Track(s): All of them
For Fans Of: Perfection; Energy
Daydream-ability: 5 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Autumn slept upstairs; Artie kept trying to lie on my arms as I typed so blame any typos on him
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 8 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 8 out of 10
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