Saturday, 12 November 2011 14:29
I stated in my first blog post that there are certain benefits to being the Life Editor when it comes to finding out about new music. Last week we ran an article showcasing upcoming musical acts in Mobile (which can be found here) and a few other new artists releasing debut albums. One of those was Jason Reeves.
I recently got to listen to his full EP, Caged Birds Set Free, which is set to release on Nov. 15, and I was pleasantly surprised by the gentle ballads. Reeves collaborates closely with fan favorite Colbie Caillat, and she is even featured prominently in the song “Wishing Weed.” Much like Caillat’s signature song, “Bubbly,” “Wishing Weed” captures the imagination and seems to compel anyone listening to hum and sing along.
The entire EP is a comfortable experience filled with lyrically smooth vocals and pleasant instrumentations. It’s an achingly beautiful sound at times, but there are moments that seem to step back from the traditional Pop feel and simply exist outside of that label. I like to describe music like that as emotionally real.
It’s easy to imagine Reeves singing these songs longingly to some distant figure in his memories. “More Than I Meant To” captures that romantic issuance perfectly as he sings out his regret for hurting the object of his desire and his feelings in hindsight. “How Many Hearts?” even manages to convey a sense of desperation, much like The Script, with its slowly building tension and sultry sound overlaid with piano accents and punctuated by gentle drumming.
“Rescue” captures the feeling of love found and lost, and all of the bittersweet joy of reflecting on days with that special someone.
Overall, the EP is well-rounded and well-executed. Fans of Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, Jon McLaughlin and Gavin DeGraw will enjoy Jason Reeves’ music and his new EP, Caged Birds Set Free.
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