Lorenzo Esposito is a musician from the suburbs of Chicago who recently released Dreamcatcher. The twenty-four-year-old hit the studio and came away with five songs that fit somewhere between the singer/songwriter genre and rock.
The songs are heartfelt and lush. Esposito implements acoustic guitar, bass, drums and some more ornamental aspects into the songs. The EP opens with “Shadow Play” where he plays a basic chord structure and sings about lost love. He sings, “Reality is piercing through the seams. You're just a woman in my dreams. And now you wonder where it is I've gone.” The song gets more epic and expansive as it progresses.
Next up is “Worthwhile” which opens up with a solo piano. Similar to the opener it slowly builds into expansive territory. In all honesty the music felt like something you might hear at a Sunday church worship. The uplifting quality with a tinge of melancholy that rises feels prone to having people sway back and forth singing along.
He keeps it a little simpler on “The Wanderer.” The song sticks to acoustic guitar and vocals. I thought this may have been his best vocal performance. The vocal harmonies especially sounded good.
“Blind” tackles topics such as battling negative emotions, salvation and moving on from the past. Perhaps the best moment on the album is the ’70s free bird style guitar solo three-and-a-half minutes in. He closes with “Lady In Red” which is upbeat and quite jovial. It was a good choice for the last song.
Dreamcatcher is far from perfect but is a fairly straightforward and enjoyable EP. The writing and delivery was solid. Recommended.
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