Brad Byrd has an impressive resume. His music has been featured in films and on TV throughout the years. On top of that he has ties to prominent musicians. Byrd recently released Where Were You When The World Stopped which is a five-song EP.
The EP starts off with the title track “Where Were When The World Stopped” which is a stripped back acoustic song. There’s some warm atmosphere but for the most part this song revolves around vocals and guitar. It’s somber in the spirit of a band like Red House Painters. I really liked this song.
The energy definitely amps up on “The Bright Lights (Fade Away)” where we get a full arrangement with drums, bass, electric guitar, etc. Byrd has a low baritone and sounds great here. There’s an intimacy to the vocals even though that’s not as apparent with the music.
As the song progresses it starts to soar more.
“When You Need Me” is more Americana infused and I was getting major Wilco vibes on this song. The hook is arguably the best on the album. “Just Make Me OK” swells at first with atmospheric elements. This is an intimate song but also a slow burn. The song continues to rise with energy and instrumental aspects.
“Chasing Down the Sun” is another stripped back song but there’s some intricate string work here which is quite complex. There’s more of a traditional country flavor to this song and the harmonica was a nice addition to the palette.
This EP has a pretty nice flow to it. It sort of rises with energy and peaks and then simmers down again. The production is really great in every way. I could hear all the music perfectly and never felt like I couldn’t make out the lyrics.
Byrd has put in his time and dedicated himself to his craft. There’s no doubt about that and you can hear it in the music he makes. Recommended.
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