Review by Shannon Shumaker
The Brevet’s new EP Embers may only be five songs in length, but it feels like the soundtrack to life’s highs and lows. Exploring a wide range of emotions and sounds, Embers shows more growth and diversity from The Brevet than most five song EPs could ever do for any other group of musicians.
Opening things up is “Meet Me In The Night,” an easygoing, beautiful song, complete with stunning vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar, and a chorus that you’ll be singing long after it comes to an end. Not only is “Meet Me In The Night” spectacular sonically - every instrument, from the piano, guitar and drums mesh flawlessly together - but the lyrics are something that you can easily fall in love with.
Transitioning easily from “Meet Me In The Night” is the upbeat love song and title track, “Embers.” This song feels like the spark of a relationship, reminding us how it feels to begin to fall in love with someone while musically, the band takes us on a journey. “Embers” is spearheaded by emotional vocals and piano, but it isn’t without catchy guitar work a strong rhythm section. The sound “Embers,” and the EP as a whole establishes is the perfect blend of rock, americana and country. There’s a raw, gritty quality to the vocals that will hook you immediately, then the perfect harmonies, clean songwriting, catchy choruses and emotional lyricism promise to keep you around.
“There With You” is easily the emotional high point of the EP, serving as a promise to be there for someone when they need you. While it is slightly slower than the songs that come before it, the lyrics definitely hold quite a bit of weight. Then comes “Hold On,” the powerful conclusion, complete with horns, making it somehow even more epic than the four songs that come before it. Within five songs, The Brevet manage to take you on an emotional and musical journey, something that many artists struggle to with a full-length, and they do it with ease. These tracks flow well together, and by the time it comes to an end, you’ll be eager for more, ready to listen to Embers all over again.
Listen to "Meet Me In The Night"
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