I’ll be honest, nothing in my stack of music to review is really speaking to me right now but I am so in the mood for some new music that I blindly reached into my stack and pulled out Townsend’s 2021 self-titled EP. Although it didn’t speak to me when thumbing through the massive stack of CDs littering my desk, I found something comforting as I stared into the cover trying to find the motivation to do a review. From the pencil drawing style to the welcoming smile on Townsend’s face, I had found the album to check out right now so let’s stop wasting time!
“Scars” kicks off this quick five-song EP in a beautiful way and, although I thought I may be in the mood for something a bit heavier and more intense, Townsend’s vocals and overall vibe instantly brought a sense of comfort to my soul just like staring into the cover art. Smooth yet full of emotion, every word was like a breath of fresh air to me. With minimal instrumentation at the beginning, the vocals are really given the spotlight throughout this opening song. Even though it was nearly five minutes long, it felt like it was over in the blink of an eye. Complete with an epic instrumental break that shined the spotlight so perfectly on the talented band behind her, it was just so easy to get lost in the epic power and deafening calmness.
The epicness of “Scars” led to the more whimsical feel of “Whisper” in a beautiful way. This song felt like it was straight out of a soundtrack. There’s just something so polished and beautiful about it while still being so full of heart and passion. The country twang that I faintly heard in “Scars” (yet didn’t mention because I was so lost in the song) comes a bit more to the forefront in this track but it’s not a super heavy influence. It’s just this little razzle-dazzle that is part of Townsend’s signature sound. Although not typically one for that country influence, I loved how it really enhances the storytelling value of Townsend’s words in a super honest and raw way. A bit more upbeat than “Scars”, “Whisper” was instantly a favorite track of mine off of this EP.
Even though “Stay” is the longest track on this album at over five and a half minutes long, I found myself completely lost in the song and hanging on to every word throughout the track. Although you still hear that little southern twang in her voice throughout this epic piece of art, there’s something almost a bit jazzy and more soulful about the vocals here that I found completely addicting. Much like “Scars”, I found myself completely lost in this track and, before I knew it, it was done and the album had moved onto “Sunrise” which went back to the more whimsical side of Townsend while bringing an almost warmth to the album. Although I have felt an undeniable sense of comfort with every track thus far, something about “Sunrise” just felt so warm and cozy. It would be the perfect soundtrack to just laying in bed on a Sunday morning while trying to find the motivation to get out of bed. I can’t promise that you will find the motivation with how cozy this track is but I promise it will start your Sunday off right.
“Can’t Travel” closes out this EP with one of the more upbeat tracks on it as if daring you to forget Townsend’s name. It’s a catchy and infectious little number that shows a completely different vibe in the vocals. I loved how, even though it’s the final track, you are getting a whole other side of this amazing musician. It made me want to ignore every other responsibility I had to get through tonight and just dig more into Townsend’s discography.
My Favorite Track(s): “Whisper”
For Fans Of: Whimsical Power; Warm and Cozy Vibes
Mosh-ability: 1 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie slept on the back of the couch; 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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