There’s something very simple and classic about the cover of The Nautical Theme’s ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed’. The album has been sitting on my desk for some time now but the simplicity of the cover just hasn’t spoken to me… until now. I’m having a super productive Saturday and am just looking for something that will add an extra spark to my already stellar day. Something tells me that one of the three songs on this release (if not all three) may do just the trick!

An undeniable sense of calm came over me as “All My Faith” took over my house. I didn’t realize how busy I had been all morning and how off the charts my ADD had been until this song took over my heart and soul. It made me slow down and just take a breath in a brilliant way. A bit more mature feeling than I tend to go for, I was absolutely struck by the amount of heart and soul in this track. From the lyrics to the emotion with which the lyrics are sung, there’s just an undeniable sense of passion that comes through in this opening track that was more than enough to have me falling head over heels in love with The Nautical Theme. Soft and sweet is the name of the game in this track and it’s something that I hope persists throughout the other two songs all this all-too-quick three-song EP.

“Somewhere Just Okay (But Not Alright)” is one of those “tug at your heartstrings” kind of songs. Again, like in the first song, there’s just something so perfect about the word choice and the way each song is presented with an undeniable sense of tenderness. I found myself super attached to the lyrics of this track especially the title. “Somewhere just okay but not alright.” Just think about the weight of those words for a second and try to not be overwhelmed. When you add The Nautical Theme’s pure emotion and beauty to those words it truly becomes a punch to the gut in the best way possible. I love that there is this undeniable sense of power behind the words but everything about this track (and the other two tracks for that matter) is so sweet and soft. It’s a powerful dynamic that many acts try but The Nautical Theme makes sound so easy.

A brilliant cover of Jimmy Eat World’s “Kill” closes out this release. I love that this song is very recognizably “Kill” while having a very distinct The Nautical Theme spin on it. This final track is just as beautiful as the first two songs and, although a cover, really gives this duo a space to shine and dazzle. I love this choice as a cover for this band because, although their overall sound is not my typical listen, hearing them do a song from a band that I have been listening to for years helped make them feel just a little bit more accessible.

The Nautical Theme’s ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed’ is so different than what I typically listen to but something about this album was speaking to me this morning and, after listening to it all the way through, it’s clear why. Don’t pigeonhole yourself into one genre but also don’t force listening to different things. Wait until something speaks to you and then listen to it. I promise that you will find things out about your musical taste that will surprise you and will find some new favorite bands that will surprise you.

My Favorite Track(s): “Somewhere Just Okay (But Not Alright)”

For Fans Of: Dazzling Sounds; Calmness; Sheer Beauty

Mosh-ability: 0 out of 10

What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie slept on the living room floor; Autumn slept upstairs

How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 6 out of 10

My Overall Rating: 8 out of 10

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