We Review The New Album From Evan Meulemans – Waves
The sounds of Evan Meulemans and his new album, Waves carry on many different styles both vocally and instrumentally.
The singer-songwriter touches on Americana, blues, folk, indie, and hard-rock to name a few genres with some tracks flowing ever so nicely into the next.
What is noticeable throughout many of the tracks on Waves is the consistency within the sound of a song and the tempo that doesn’t veer off in many outlandish directions. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as Evan keeps the flow going through his tracks and creates an environment and vision within his music.
The opener, Morning Fades is an enchanting blend of folk and indie and layered vocals to begin our adventure. The upbeat moments of acoustic guitars make for an uplifting and warm vocal experience. These features become more fluent and familiar throughout the record.
On My Way is a major shift from what we’ve just heard. It begins with a bouncing drum beat and guitar build-up that almost makes me think we’re about to go into the Proclaimers number of a similar title. Instead, Evan delivers a raw Americana vocal with gritty blues guitars and haunting organs. The drums continue to pound throughout and you get a classy blues guitar solo that has the makings of a solid piece of Americana rock.
We hear this Americana style again in Ghost Town which is an acoustic-led piece with soothing harmonised vocals that merge nicely into easy-going rhythms. It shows whilst a track like this is easy-going, Evan isn’t afraid to engage with different styles of blues-rock.
One Of A Kind is a wonderful follow-on from this track with its dominating organ and rhythmic vocal/acoustic patterns creating a consistent balance. The softer and acoustic pieces are enchanting with numbers like Quiet Night with its soulfully-picked guitars and soothing vocals make you reflect.
Burnin’ is similar with acoustic guitars playing the leading role and pianos dancing around, but like with many of these tracks, Evan’s varied vocals are the ultimate takeaway from what you’re hearing.
Mirror is another example of varied vocals where Evan has an eerie echo to his singing. The opening is a Doors-esc piece with electric guitar picking. This moody piece sets a wavy and ominous feeling.
One In A Million is another darker direction with the focus on lower electric guitar notes, and Taste like its name is a juicy hard-rock piece with heavy lead guitar riffs.
There’s still time for a sombre moment on the album with Sparrow’s Song feeling reflective with harmonised vocals and plucked guitars.
The highlight for the record has to be another reflective piece in the form of Rain, River _ Sand. IT’s a nice breakaway both rhythmically and thematically. This upbeat piece wants us to move away from negativity and Evan’s vocals provide a feeling of understanding and comfort.
A man, his acoustic guitar and a variety of instruments take you on a journey with rhythmically pleasing sounds and varied genres. It’s a pleasant singer-songwriter album to sit back with.