I have this blog because I love music passionately. I love the progression of a song, the swell of it, the way it permeates a room and fills the spaces. I love how it ebbs and flows and how it can be a tangible thing - how you can move around inside it and it can move around inside you. And I love to talk about it, write about it, experience it.
Album: All the Things We Are EP
Artist: Isaac Johnson
Release Date: September 24, 2013
2. My Coma
3. Sweet It Seems
If you read this blog at all ever, then I'm sure you're all too aware that I'm an official card carrying member of the Aaron Tap fan club. As such, when an album is released that he's had a hand in, I'm naturally inclined to check it out. Sometimes I end up with things that stay in my collection mostly because they're Aaron Tap productions. Other times, this is how I discover new favorites. Lucky for me, the new Isaac Johnson EP, All the Things We Are, is the latter.
This little four song collection has pretty much everything I look for in an album. On my first listen, there was Isaac's voice itself. It's one of my favorite kinds. A little breathy, warm and easy to listen to, no hard edges anywhere. There is never a time when you wouldn't be in the mood to listen to this man sing. It's good stuff. Then there are the lyrics, whether sweet or biting, they're all well crafted and not the least bit awkward (which believe me, is an accomplishment). Occasionally, "and when I look in your eyes, I feel like myself," from My Coma for example, they even border on love song genius.
Regardless of how good he is with a love song, my favorite song in the collection is the anti-love song, "Sweet it Seems". First because I love a song with a twist, and second because I just adore the sound of it. The guitar part caught my attention immediately, then there's hand claps and all sorts of things going on here - the whole production of this song is absolute perfection.
In fact, the entire EP is richly layered with instruments and non-instruments alike. It's largely an acoustic number, but not like anything you've heard before. I've seen Mr. Johnson described a singer-songwriter, but please don't let that define him for you. These song far exceed that description. I highly recommend you check out this EP, it's an all around great listen. If you'd like to read the artists themselves speak more intelligently about the record than I ever could, go here and here.