Julian Peterson is an artist from Toronto, Ontario who recently released Sight. The EP contains three songs all of which create a sturdy foundation. I would say there is a warm Americana type vibe with these songs that have different types of energy.
The EP starts with “So Far Gone” which is hopeful and warm but also contains waves of melancholy and nostalgia. Instrumentally, the song revolves around fairly clean, reverb-laced guitars, a driving beat and a steady bass. This song was smothered in Americana from beginning to end which builds on the initial energy. The vocals were dynamic and the anchor to the song.
“I Can See” isn’t as rock oriented and favors atmosphere. There is very delicate and beautiful guitar work on this song. It was very easy on the ears but contains epic height. There is again a lot of warmth to the song which is layered with a cerebral quality not too far from Radiohead or Pink Floyd.
“When You Leave Me” had almost a traditional folk flavor. There is actually more of an overt ’70s type of vibe to the music. There were times where it sounded like an old school love ballad. It’s a slow burn with some really great instrumentation. The orchestral strings were a nice addition here and this is arguably the best vocal performance.
The production and recording quality of these songs was really great. It added to the overall flavor of the songs which gave them all a similar sonic imprint. That combined with some great performances makes for a brief but powerful EP.
Overall, I thought this was a good introduction to Peterson’s sound and I look forward to hearing more as he evolves. Recommended.
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