Jacob Goodman, a transplanted Detroit mathematician, delivers Lost at Last, a self-recorded EP from his current post in Madrid, Spain. The EP is short - clocking in at just over sixteen minutes - and holds together well through its guitar-laden tracks.
The opening song “Move Along” opens with a Jack Johnson feel, but adds spacey tones and a cool, jazz-tinged guitar solo near the end. Next up is “Freeform” which evokes the acoustic version of “Layla,” especially during Goodman’s guitar solo.
“Without”, the third track, is the top pick on this EP. The brooding, melancholic guitar supports Goodman’s emotional vocal performance, while the psychedelic synthesizers give a nice change in texture between the verses. The track builds up to a strong climax, highlighted by soaring vocals.
“Koi Pond” gives us a unique juxtaposition of finger style acoustic guitar and metal-style drum programming, with lots of double kick-drum figures. I don’t think I’ve ever heard those styles married together before (although maybe Nuno Bettencourt did sometime during his Extreme days). The track finishes with a distorted, hard-rock guitar solo. Goodman closes with “Homogenous,” another finger style piece, this time augmented with dreamy, swirling synths.
Lost at Last displays a guitarist clearly in control of his instrument, and the tones and moods it can generate. For his next offering, I’d like to hear more dynamics from the percussion tracks - perhaps using a live drummer would help. Also, the songwriting could be developed further. I was left wanting a pre-chorus, a bridge, or even a gratuitous key change to break up some of the repetitive patterns in the music. “Without” includes some of this variation, and it shines towards a bright future for Mr. Goodman.
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