You have to appreciate someone who is really good at their instrument. Even if you aren’t crazy about the music, technical ability is something that usually takes years of practice and discipline. Take a listen to Perfecture and I surmise you will be more than impressed by the guitar skill of Sam Eastman.
Eastman developed a picking technique that you don’t hear very often coming from a guitarist. On some of the song it sounds like he slapping his guitar in some way. I’m sure this is impressive to see live.
This four-song EP seems to be limited to one guitar. He starts off with “No Boats Beyond this Fence” which is just under a minute long. The song is slower than everything else and also doesn’t have a myriad of notes like the other songs. It’s an effective intro which then leads to “One Good Turn Deserves Another” which is where Eastman really starts to show of his skill. The playing is slick and the guitar has a rhythm to it as if it's a percussion instrument at times. Some of that is due to him tapping his guitar but also just the style in which he platys.
Up next is “Half Past May” which has a similar feel to “One Good Turn Deserves Another.” I was thinking this style might be a bit much for an entire album. These two songs despite being so technically impressive bled into each other a bit too much where it would be hard to define differences.
I was happy to hear “Colors Became Clear” close out the EP. Now this song might not be as technically as impressive as the previous two tunes but it felt more emotionally resonant. I thoroughly enjoyed the nostalgic, somber vibe to the music and the way it builds. Great closer and proof that Eastman has more than just technical talent.
Eastman is a young guy who is just getting started. This is his first EP which happens to be completely DIY. Not too shabby if you ask me. Great start and I have a feeling we'll be hearing a lot more from him.
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