I’m honestly too anxious to jump into Riley Pearce’s EP ‘Love and All That Stuff’ after hearing “Night.Love.Sleep” so let’s just get into it!
“All My Love” starts this five-song EP off on a truly beautiful note. Just like the first time I heard “Night.Love.Sleep”, I was instantly captivated by Riley’s voice. It’s clear and smooth but there’s this undertone of grit to it. Every word is dripping with passion and emotion without being overly emotional. I don’t know how that’s possible but clearly, Riley does and I hope it’s an element that lasts throughout this quick EP.
The second track on this release, “Electricity”, continues to ooze with pure beauty. An acoustic guitar draws you into this song before Riley’s voice sinks its teeth into you. A folk ballad for the ages, this track left me lost for words. I feel bad because there are only five songs to write about to begin with but “Electricity” is one of those songs that my words will never do justice for. You just have to hear and feel it for yourself. I was so lost in the track that the powerful beginning of “Golden Retriever” kind of shocked me. There’s more energy in this track and I loved it. Although still absolutely beautiful and with Riley’s voice still in the spotlight, there’s just something a bit more fun about this track. Everything about it was infectious and had me smiling and tapping my toe. Honestly, if a golden retriever was a song, it would be this song. It’s just so perfect.
“Night.Love.Sleep” is the next track and I would be lying if I hadn’t been anxiously awaiting this moment. This is the first track I heard from Riley and it’s what really drew me into him. There’s something so sweet about this track and, like the first two tracks, so drenched in emotion but not to the point where it makes you cry. It’s just a downright gorgeous track with touching lyrics and beautiful vocals. Like a warm blanket to keep you cozy, something about this track is just oh so comforting and, in this day and age, I think we all need a little bit more of that. There’s a sense of love that radiates out of this track and I honestly had to listen to this song a couple of times before moving on just because I enjoyed the feeling so much.
Sadly all good things must come to an end and ‘Love and All That Stuff’ ends with “Two Parts”.I instantly loved the less polished acoustic vibe of this track. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a very professional track but there’s just something a bit more raw about the guitar and Riley’s voice. It’s as if that grit I heard in the first few tracks really comes to the forefront for this final track. Although I was bummed that this song is not only the last track but also the shortest, it continued to provide me a sense of comfort even as I was left in silence as the album stopped playing.
This is a gorgeous EP. No other way to put it and there are no other words to use. So cuddle up with your favorite blanket and just let Riley Pearce’s music take over your mind, body, and soul. It’s refreshing and it’s something we all need during these crazy times we find ourselves in.
My Favorite Track(s): “Night.Love.Sleep”
For Fans Of: Comforting Vocals; Beauty; Gorgeousness
Daydream-ability: 8 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Both cats slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 8.5 out of 10
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