After several years of writing and releasing songs recorded on phones and computer mics, Joseph Evans, known as Joseph the Worker in his musical projects, released his first proper full band effort entitled Silver Dollars. Combining alternative country elements with elements of folk and pop styles, the EP was recorded near Evans' home in Chicago in a studio in Evanston, Illinois.
Evans' tender, almost frail voice opens “Letter” with a background of steady acoustic guitar strumming and subdued, droning steel guitar notes. As he lends his voice more energy and steadiness as the song progresses, he is joined by a simple percussion beat, louder notes from the steel guitar and vocal harmonies that blend into a relaxed, melodic country ballad.
The next track “Not Nothing” features the full reach of Evans' mellow voice, which soars above the guitars and drums that comprise the rest of the soundscape. Emotive singing, paired with thoughtful lyrics and conventional chord progressions, make this song sound approachable and familiar, even to a first time listener.
A bright, cheery harmonica riff highlights Joseph the Worker’s diverse musical talent in the intro of “Black and White Photograph.” As the song progresses, it swells and fades between sections of full sound and sections of quieter, stripped down instrumentation, all the while maintaining an overarching cohesiveness.'
The EP ends with “Silver Dollars” which begins with ambient jazz and blues influences underlying slow and purposeful notes from Evans' voice. The song gradually gathers more energy and relies more heavily on the alternative country and folk influences that characterize most of his music. As a whole, Silver Dollars EP is a spectacular professional debut for a highly talented and skilled musician and artist.
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