Curt McMurray-Branscombe is the man behind the recording project Foreigner and Friend. Since the young age of twelve he has been writing songs and also leading worships for churches, schools and auditoriums throughout the Pacific Northwest in both the United States and Canada. His recent release Through The Years is a five-song EP that contains upbeat, optimistic pop songs that certainly have a tinge of his religious convictions but feel covert. It’s a winning combo because if you aren’t religious these songs are still easy to enjoy.
He opens the EP with “Hear The Sound” which doesn’t waste any time getting into the meat and potatoes of the song. A mix of synths, reverb laced guitars, bass and explosive drums immediately get your energy levels up. The verse is catchy and the chorus has a nice hook. He sings with a heartfelt enthusiasm that is infectious. The lyrics point to the oneness and unified awareness he feels in the universe.
“When You Call” is a grand sounding song with soaring vocals that is arguably the most single worthy on the EP. The lyrics here seem to about the guiding hand that god provides but also could possibly be about a relationship. I’m leaning towards god but that's one of the interesting parts about interpreting music.
McMurray-Branscombe keeps the energy levels up with “Through The Years” further establishing the vibe he created with the first two songs. “Least of These” was a personal favorite that has a funky, dance vibe. A steady synth bass leads the charge as a clean guitar provides some flair to the song. He closes with “Stronger” which is a celebratory song that feels quite anthemic at points.
I certainly felt the passion that McMurray-Branscombe put into these songs. Regardless if you can get down with some of the religious overtones there is no denying that he can deliver. It also doesn’t hurt that the production is exceptional and finely tuned for this EP. Recommended.
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