Some people just have it in their blood. It’s that thing that’s been nagging at you while you live your life. Constantly bringing your mind back to your passion. It is almost more prescient the more you push it away. I’m pretty sure this is the way a lot of musicians feel when they are working their 9 – 5 jobs and I’ll make the assumption that Blake Farha had a similar itch. Blake Farha is a native Texan singer/songwriter who has been playing and writing music for over 13 years. After earning a degree in economics, he taught English abroad for a few years, and then decided to move back to Austin, TX to pursue music. It wasn’t until after playing a number of open mics that he was ready to record his first EP The Uphill Climb, which for its six songs are simply Blake’s voice and his guitar. Luckily, this is all he really needs to make an album that keeps your attention as the melodies are catchy and the lyrics are poignant. He sings about things like ambition, regret and distrust.
The first song entitled “Just Listen, Please” actually speaks to his passion to play and share his music. He sings, “This is my art, and all I want is to share it with somebody new with a little luck you might open your ears and let it speak to you.” Not only is this the tale of 99% of musicians but it’s also a very good song with a diverse vocal delivery. The theme is switched with the second song “A Lot to Learn” as he talks about his younger self and the ignorance that most of us share when speaking with an older generation. Each song continues with it own tightly-knit packaged theme that holds together well on its own but is even better within the context of the whole album. Blake Farha has made an impressive debut EP and should have us excited about what his future may hold.
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