|by Chris McGinty of AccordingToWhim.com|
This review is a bit overdue. Here’s what happened. Back in 2013, Nathan
and I were running a Kickstarter for a board game. It didn’t succeed. The
reason that’s relevant is that Nathan suggested that we start Twitter accounts.
The major problem was that it would have probably been better if we’d had the
Twitter accounts for at least a couple of years before we planned to promote
working insane hours and didn’t have much access to internet except for when I
was home and awake. I’d even fallen off of writing the blog with any frequency
during that time. But the blog was also supposed to be part of our attempt to
make people aware of us and our board game. I was listening to a number of
unsigned bands at that time, and started reviewing some of the music I liked
the most. An artist named Richie Ashwin replied to one of my Tweets and asked
me to review his new EP.
Twitter until I had time to really be on it, which was around the beginning of
2019. I was actually a bit miffed with myself. I would have loved to have
reviewed his EP. Listening to it now, I would have liked to have added a couple
of his songs to my regular listening at the time.
regularity that I would do a review. My best apology is this. I don’t think
that my review would have been much help at the time. I had no followers and
the blog views were sporadic, so I’m not sure I would have helped bring
attention to the EP. I’m not even sure that my review now will help much, but
as I like his music, I’d like to do what I can.
with because it sets the right tone for the upcoming experience. It’s got a
powerful sense of vulnerability and heartbreak. It’s got a great beat on top of
that. I think it’s the strongest chorus on the EP as well. The buildup draws
you in and the chorus delivers satisfyingly.
sound to it. It’s distracting me a little, because it instrumentally reminds me
of something, but I can’t think of what. It’s an overall good song that shines
most with the vocals.
little difficult for me at first. While other tracks feel overall good to me,
this one has great aspects and other aspects that were less exciting to me, but
to be fair it’s probably just my personal taste. I don’t think there is
anything overtly bad here. But for each aspect that I like, I really like it. When
it first kicks in “we’re bound to linger on” I’m full on behind the track. It’s
a strong chorus. The backing vocals are amazing. More about this in a moment.
of a truly strong EP. The lonely ambiance is palpable. The synth effects, when
the song transitions, bring the instrumentation together nicely. The vocals are
fantastic on this track. I’m going to talk about a track in a bit that wasn’t
on this EP that I like for the same reasons that I like this track so much.
There’s a rap breakdown in the middle of “Chasing Summer” that I think brings
this song together in a way that the rap breakdown in “Until We Bleed” didn’t
quite do. As the song fades after a quick return to the chorus, I had the clear
sense this was the best track on the album.
It’s good work that reminds me a little bit of a Gorillaz track because of the
way that the track ends. I like this one, but I don’t have much to say since it
to see what he had available. There’s a beautiful track there called “Night.”
give it a fair listen, and review it in a few weeks. I’m seriously in the
target audience for the song “Night.” Everything about it: the ambiance, the
vocals, the short drifting around the two-minute mark. This is probably my
favourite of his songs.
way I started, which is to say that I wish I’d seen his reply back in 2013, but
I’m glad I noticed it when I came back to Twitter. Richie Ashwin does have a
couple of tracks on Spotify as well, so I’ll be adding those to my playlists.
meant it when he said he wanted to hear some unsigned music. It’s not always
good, but occasionally you get a Tweet and you find something you want in your