Crayon Drawing is the first release from Ed Miller. It’s an album that was made after going through some hard times in his life. It’s a lo-fi bedroom production with short compact songs that are easy to appreciate. I was reminded of Ariel Pink and Mac Demarco to some extent.
Miller opens with “Just Words” which is just over one-minute long. It’s very mellow and dreamy with a slight ’70’s vibe. I thought it was a catchy song and enjoyed the brevity of it. Up next is “Am I A God” which is a bit quirky sounding while asking existential questions. The same thing could be said about “No Words” but I really couldn’t make out the lyrics on this song.
I think I know why “Motown” is called “Motown.” It has a Motown vibe except way more dreamy and atmospheric. This may have been my personal favorite track of the batch. I thought the songwriting was on point and the song had the catchiest vocal hook.
The song “Dozing Off” is an apt title and also another highlight. It’s another track that had a catchy vocal line. Miller closes with “Waves” which is an instrumental track in a similar vein to the previous music.
I thought Miller carved out a sound for himself with these songs. My only issue is that I wanted some more meat on some of the songs. The songs felt like good ideas that could have been expanded upon and possibly could have gone in an unexpected direction.
A couple more notable chorus would also have been nice. All things considered I think that Miller has some talent and potential and I am looking forward to where he goes from here.
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