I feel like everything I have checked out tonight has been amazing so why stop when the getting is good? Although it came out last year, Reed Gaines’ EP ‘From Across The Room’ is new to me so let’s check it out! Come on Reed Gaines, no pressure but don’t let me down here!
I knew within the first few seconds of “People Getting Older” that, although Reed Gaines was taking my night in a much calmer direction than what I had checked out earlier, that he was not going to let me down. This opening track is dreamy but so full of subtle energy. I loved the way that this track instantly brought a sense of calm over me that, after a crazy Tuesday, was just what I needed. Reed’s voice is gorgeous, there’s honestly no other way to put it, and the way that the instrumentation only enhances it is truly amazing.
“The Weather” amps things up ever so slightly and brings a more driving beat to the table. Although still creating a gorgeous and dreamy landscape, this track just seemed to have a little bit more power behind which showcases another side of Reed’s talent in all of the right ways. I really can not stress the amount of beauty in his vocals. They bring warmth, calm, and a sense of comfort effortlessly. Although they seem to slide from word to word with ease, you can still hear every single word perfectly and that just adds to the magic. From the lyricism to the instrumentation– just wow.
Even though “Fly Too High” is the shortest track on this four-song EP, it was an instant favorite of mine. Something about the beginning of this track instantly had me hooked and there’s a new sense of brightness to it that makes it stand out starkly against the previous two tracks. Sure, this track is a bit more commercial-friendly indie-pop than I tend to go but knowing how this whole album isn’t like this and this really just shows another side of this musician made me an even bigger fan of the track. Although dancy and boppy, there’s still something sensitive in nature about this song that is oh so Reed Gaines.
Reed closes out this EP with “To Be Lonely” which just continues to showcase the beauty and innovation of this artist. This track settles in the in-between of all of the other tracks perfectly. It’s fancy, it’s sensitive, it’s tender, and it’s energetic. If I had to suggest only one track from this EP to check out (although, this whole thing only lasts twelve and a half minutes so I’m pretty sure you can find the time to check out the whole thing), it would be this one. I just feel like this final song encapsulates Reed Gaines as perfectly as can be contained in just one singular track.
I’m not sure when this hot streak is going to end but it’s not with this EP from Reed Gaines. What a fun and great listen. I highly suggest it!
My Favorite Track(s): “Fly Too High”
For Fans Of: Beautiful Soundscapes With Indie-Pop Undertones; Stunning Vocals
Daydream-ability: 7 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie wandered around the living room; Autumn ate in the kitchen
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 6.5 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 7 out of 10
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