Cam Gainey is based in Raleigh, NC. He has over 15 years of experience playing the guitar under his belt. Gainey is also fond of the electric bass, and he has formal training in piano, drums and djembe. Gainey is releasing his debut EP entitled Empathy.
According to the artist, “Empathy is everything to me. It guides how I act and permeates my music, and I felt that it was the perfect choice to title this, my first release. Though these pieces lack lyrics, each one tells a story – many stories, really because each time I play them, they describe anew the scenes around me.”
On that note, Empathy opens with the title track “Empathy” where a moving finger-picking style propels this layered track. Scenes from nature are evoked in listeners as the impressions of the music pass underneath their eyelids. The deft strumming grows in momentum as the song progresses.
Following is “Pines,” where the melody on the guitar is contemplative. The tune on the guitar is meandering and drawn out. The distinctive noodling on the acoustic guitar is pensive on “Icicles.” The sound on the guitar slowly develops. The vibe is fully realized. The melody is sad and melancholy-tinged. The shimmering notes then grows more rhythmic and dynamic toward the three-and-a-half-minute mark.
On the closer “2am Rain,” numerating on the guitar starts off this song. The cadence is soft. Gradually, the volume to the track increases and the guitar reverberates with added intensity. The sounds are textual and nuanced. The percussions give off a lively vibe. The cadences are revved and amped until the very close.
Gainey sheds light on life’s more momentous instances with this melodious and interwoven array of instrumentals. As you close your eyes and imagine a warm summer evening, or the sun glinting off mountain snow, or the feeling of laughter beside friends, Gainey’s music sweeps you away. The moving songs on this EP convey many emotions. The EP which revolves around the guitar allows the instrument to hone its singular voice. Gainey’s skills on the instrument is exhibited through his classical and finger-picking style. His deft playing is exhibited as he maneuvers the instrument through moving melodies and textures with dexterity and flair.
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