Veteran musician John Haesemeyer has been around the block when it comes to making music and the industry itself. He has collaborated with incredible, even legendary music makers. His latest EP is Maybe If I Try which at the core has a very iconic American rock sound, maybe a little indie rock thrown in.
The theme stated for the album by the artist is perseverance, something I find is always topical when it comes to pursuing a career in any creative industry. The theme is efficiently sewn into the fabric of the five-track EP. The music is not overbearing, or aggressive, but it certainly possesses motivating moments.
I want to start off by giving my utmost appreciation for the amount of professionalism in the production. Make no mistake, you are in good hands with Haesemeyer, like I said, he’s a veteran and you can hear it. He has a voice that would work in any genre in any era in time. He also made excellent instrument choices. He has orchestral experience and made sure to wield that in this collection.
I think it’s also worth mentioning the lovely piano work. I really felt it is at its peak in track number four “There’s Still Time.” Also on the honorable mention list is the added vocals which help create big, encompassing atmospheres within the songs. You’ll get a great mix up of intimacy versus wide open settings that he’ll project. Sometimes you get both in one song.
My only gripes are personal taste issues which are arguable. I think Haesemeyer is incredible, however I don’t find him to be immediately distinctive. The way I determine something like this is if I can picture myself out and about and suddenly I hear this music come on. The test is if I can pinpoint who that is with ease, or at least have the artist be within my top three guesses. For these songs, I imagine I would go through a number of great artists. It’s beautiful, lovely music worth listening to, it might just need a more unique signature.
Some lyrics did not resonate with me as much as others, again, a personal taste issue. For example, “Room For Two” just felt a little too country for me and kind of stuck out from the rest of the songs. Another minor issue was the final track, “Theory.” I want to say first that this track is musically delightful and truly well done, absolutely beautiful. However, toward the end it was as though Haesemeyer was talking to himself about the nature of the universe so to speak. Some of the lines in there I have heard in one form or another and felt this conversation was on the longer side. I think the music behind it could have done a good job of letting the listener ponder on their own. I can respect his willingness to take that risk, it just didn’t pay off for me personally. I will note his voice is as lovely speaking as it is singing.
Overall this album is professionally and creatively solid. A lot of tender, loving care went in these songs, like they’ve been brewing for a while. There’s nothing unfinished or unsaid, this really sounds like a complete collection of work. Highly Recommended.
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