Assurance is the first EP from Elation. One thing I can definitely say is he has his own thing going on. He utilizes a lot of pads into his music which give it a whimsical feel. Elation sometimes strikes gold in a song and other times it feels as if he didn't quite get there.
He opens with “Prelude” which revolves around his piano and vocals. Something about the song feels like it could be in a play. The song's percussive-free and really the only one of its kind on the EP. He seems to be searching for romantic love in the song. He sings, “Lately I've been searching / For a glimpse of who you are, / Lately I've been hoping / You would show me who I am.”
Up next is “A Perfect World” which I have to admit has an interesting array of sounds - a flute, some sparkling synths, a bass and drums. The song is hard to classify and just has its own thing going on . The first twenty seconds or so of “Moonlight” is the most experimental he gets. This song also happens to have some catchy moments.
The song feels quite theatrical and again has that whimsical feel to it. His finest moments on the EP are within the last minute of this song when he sings, “When darkness reigns over you, / I will appear and shimmer / Like a summer sky; /You’ll never be alone in the night, / as long as I continue to shine.” He gets there in a clunky way but at least he got there.
The title “I'm In Too Deep” with lyrics about water are fitting since the synths give it a feel as if you are submerged underwater. This is also a song with some inspired moments along the way. He closes with “If I Must Say Goodbye” which builds and builds to a crescendo.
Elation is a young guy who is only eighteen-years-old. At this point there are some holes in his game but why wouldn't there be. He has a unique sound and that’s a good start.
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