At twelve years of age Aaron Creigh started playing drums. Since then he picked up a guitar, a bass and started writing songs. Later on in life in he went to college for music. Suffice it to say that he has music in his blood. His most recent accomplishment is his four-song EP entitled All we Leave are Memories.
At center of this EP are his vocals and acoustic guitar. There is other instrumentation but the former felt like the meat and potatoes of the songs to me. Craig's music felt like really well done pop music. Something that's a little hard to pin point about his singing style and playing made me think his songs would work better on FM radio than a playlist with acoustic players like Devendra Banhart, Tallest man on earth and Iron and Wine.
The production and recording quality is fantastic all around. I really have no issues in that department.
He opens with “Gohan” which starts off with a cheerful concoction of strings. It’s an upbeat yet heartfelt song. Creigh seemingly combines lyrics that mixes aspects of mental health and romance. He sings, “is it safe to open my eyes / Because this detachment is getting far, far too old / Protection from within / Yeah but this burning heart grows thin / Loss of mind is not a disease / But more a temporary release.” The orchestral strings and piano fills are a nice touch.
Up next is “Undone” which definitely has a pop feel to it in many ways. The song starts off with a strummed acoustic guitar, piano fills and vocals. It’s soft, warm and melancholy. For the last two minutes the song starts to change into something that sounds very inspirational and hopeful.
“As a Gift” is more upbeat and fleshed out. In all honesty there were times where I thought of Michael Jackson. I’m sure you will hear what I’m referring to if you take a listen. He closes with the sparse, slow moving and melancholy “Shower this Child in Love.” The song felt a little long at seven minutes.
Creigh is a no brainer if you are looking for a pop-oriented singer/songwriter with a palatable voice. Recommended.
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