Narrative of Care is the recent release from solo artist Saghaley Lewis aka Saghaley. The EP contains three songs.
“Coaxed Reprise'' is the opener and a fairly experimental song. It starts with picked acoustic guitar, piano and vocals. It’s melancholy and sort of calming. The vocals have a serious dramatic tone to them. As the song transitions into a very distorted section which is a mix of white noise and some percussive elements. Something about the song reminded me of music front The Microphones and Car Seat Headrest and perhaps it was “the woe is me” type of existential dread lyrics mixed with his affection. He sings, “Is it over? / I just want to disappear, thank you for the memories / I will depart from here. This unearned totality as long as I can finally be free.” As the song progresses in a unique way, it finds its climax in the last minute or so in a collective like sing-along. I enjoyed the out of the box thinking on this song.
“Trash Princess” felt more synth heavy and more ’80s inspired. There is a touch of Perfume Genius and similar to the previous song he embraces distortion. I felt the song made good use of disparate elements and I wasn’t always aware of what was ahead of me which was a good thing. The end was making my brain melt.
“Dead End” is a dynamic song. It’s again all over the place but has some really inventive moments. The sort of Philosophy 101 inspired lyrics work here and I enjoyed the absurdity of the song. I loved the end which transformed into this void of darkness.
Lewis seems like a young musician who is off to a good start. The best part of his music was the off-kilter approach. I felt like he was trying to do something original the whole time and I felt like he succeeded.
This is a solid release but more importantly an exceptional foundation. I hope to hear more from him soon.
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