Ted Hajnasiewicz is back with a new EP entitled Just For Show. Hajnasiewicz explains: “The new EP Just for Show documents the past year, reflecting on the importance of family and the pain of losing loved ones. Mixing folk, country and Americana sounds, these heartfelt songs are vivid portraits of my family--my dad working overnight shifts at the Kemps factory ("Pocket Tee"), the passing of my father-in-law ("Wren Song") and a sweet ode to my wife.”
The EP is full of very warm Americana and blends elements of country and folk. I would say the songs in general felt very inviting and accessible like a slice of apple pie. The EP opens with “Just For Show” and we are greeted with some organ, guitar and orchestral strings. Lyrically, the meaning is tender and heartfelt, and sort of revolves around the American spirit painted with individual lives.
“Pocket Tee” is near perfect for reflecting about the important things in life. I loved the instrumentation which all feels organic and symbiotic almost as if it's just one instrument. “Wren Song” is a little more melancholy and filled with some uncertianty. On that note it’s still a beautiful and warm song.
That vibe continues with “The Ring” which is sparse and minimal but also quite powerful on an emotional level. “Lovin’ Easy'' absolutely blooms with warmth and gratitude while the “Dandy Lion” features male and female lead vocals. The harmonies are great and I loved that the EP ended with such a chipper, upbeat type of vibe.
The mixing and production I think was the best I’ve heard from Hajnasiewicz. Everything sounds really well mixed, full and dynamic. The production combined with some of his best songs makes this one of his standout releases. Recommended.
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