I just spilled an entire pitcher of ice tea in my kitchen. It was my bad. I wasn’t paying attention and the top of the pitcher popped off as I was pouring my drink. Why am I telling you this? Well, this is just an indication as to how my day is going. Just a bit of a mess with a sprinkle of panic and an air of defeat. I need a breather. I need to step away from work and the mess in my kitchen and just get lost in something. Thankfully for me, today is the day that Zach Spound has release his new EP ‘In This Body’ and, just based off of the whimsical cover art, I think this is just what I need right now.
‘In This Body’ kicks off with the title track. It starts off simply with just a bass drum before gorgeous vocals come in. It’s not just the vocals of Zach Spound but also vocals from Alex Nee, Sarah Shaiman, and Lauren Zakrin. Although I can’t tell who is who in the song, the way the voice blend is truly a piece of art. I thought this song was going to stay cool calm and collected but, just before the minute point, a screeching guitar solo comes in and takes over before the song hits its true stride. I don’t know what overcame me but, as this song played through, my eyes started filling with tears. As suspected, this Zach Spound album was exactly what I needed at this moment. This opening track gave me a chance to smile at certain moments and gave me a chance to just get lost in my overwhelming thoughts but in a good way. It was honestly a lot to take in but it hit me like a breath of fresh spring air. I typically just go for it when I review music but I literally had to stop the music after this song for a second to just give myself a chance to catch my breath.
“anotherheart” is second on this all-too-short EP and this is when that sense of whimsy I was expecting really came to the forefront. This song is equal parts playful, somber, and powerful. The composition of this track is what really caught me. The movements throughout the track are clear and the rises and falls are as dramatic as Lauren Zakrin’s flawlessly smooth vocals. Again, this song makes you feel everything and anything all at once creating a gorgeous atmosphere. Overall, this song just felt a bit more mature than what I typically enjoy but the message was not lost on me. The combination of Zach and Lauren’s vocals is something that will absolutely give you goosebumps and, whether or not you like the style of this track, the random violin intricacies sprinkled throughout this song are sure to keep your interest.
I always dread reviewing short albums but never as much as I dreaded the fact that “The Road” was already the second to last track on ‘In This Body’. Again, the vocals seemed to grab into my chest and pull out my heart as if giving me a chance to inspect it and appreciate all of its imperfections. Dramatic imagery, I know, but although this song is commercial and poppy at face value, the depth of the lyrics and overall composition left me completely stunned. This song brings back Alex Nee and Sarah Shaiman but also adds Kailyn Toussaint into the mix. I’m not sure where Zach Spound found all of these people but they all clearly came from the heavens with how beautiful and emotive their vocals are. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Zach’s vocals are great too and just as emotive but it was just shocking to hear the way all four people’s vocals came together in this track. At times there’s an almost choral vocal to what they have going on but it works with this more modern beat behind it without it feeling too boring or “high school chorus”.
Ending this EP is “Falling Up”. Although I wanted something super poppy and theatrical as the last track on this album, I loved the calmness that “Falling Up” seemed to leave me with. It was as if Zach knew that you were going to need a track to ease you back into reality after listening to this EP and that’s exactly what this final song does. Featuring the soulful vocals of Courtney Bassett, I loved the simplicity of this song and how easy it was to float away during this song. Even though I did get lost in it, there was never a moment throughout this three minute track where my ears weren’t glued to my speakers in fear of missing a single word or beautiful vocal run.
I was moved by ‘In This Body’. There’s no other way to put it. Somehow Zach Spound and all of his wonder guests were able to grab me by the heart and make me feel everything that I needed to feel. I let go of things that I needed to let go off and appreciated the things that are going right in my life right now. I laughed, I cried, I got lost in thought– I lived a whole lifetime while listening to this fifteen minute release. Holy freaking power. I don’t care who you are or what kind of music you like– you need to hear ‘In This Body’ for yourself.
My Favorite Track(s): “In This Body”
For Fans Of: Living and Breathing– Seriously, just everyone– please check this out!
Mosh-ability: 2 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Alfie slept in the basket of blankets next to my couch as Autumn hogged the couch in general; Artie slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 10 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 9.8 out of 10
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