Stephen McCloskey is a singer/songwriter based in Kilcar Co. Donegal, Ireland. Music has served as an outlet for his expression since he picked up a guitar at age 10. Ever since then, McCloskey has been in numerous musical projects. He released solo material in 2017 and November 2019 saw to the release of his first EP Whatever.
With a sound that contains an indie rock/country/blues vibe, the EP is filled with amped keys, adamant drums, melodic guitars and sweetly rendered vocals. With only three tracks, the only fault of this EP is that it couldn’t be longer.
Whatever opens with the title-track that consists of noodling on the acoustic guitar toward the start of this track. Next, come in the energized sounds of keys. McCloskey’s vocals are warm and reverberating and contain a sizzling energy. With a dynamic pulse, the song has a rhythmic bluesy feel that relinquishes a real soulful vibe.
Following is “In Spite Of The World,” where airy guitars sound off on this soft lilting track. It has a lullaby-like cadence. Filled with a rocking country-blues twang, synths add in a buzzy background. The sound is overall soothing and has a nice rhythmic flow to it.
On the closer “Cowgirl Blues” reverberating feedback addresses the start of this song. The vocals are reverb-drenched, giving off an echo-y cadence. A wall of guitars supports the vocals, creating a canopy of sound. The drums come in adding a rhythmic backbeat. A bluesy country-bent vibe could be detected. A psychedelic guitar solo launches toward the two-minute mark.
Tailored in the singer/songwriter fashion, these are warm and heartfelt tracks with no track being alike. Infused with an eclectic vibe, you can try to pigeon hole these songs but there is no one way to describe them. Artfully crafted, these group of songs will send you reeling with their polished production and masterful songwriting. Each track stands alone on their own and will have you revisiting them again and again due to an infectious vibe that you can’t help but put on repeat. Whatever EP is the first to come of what I hope to be many more.
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