The Last Thing You Remember aka Nelson Jancaterino is a twenty-six-year-old musician from Alabama who recently released a five-song self-titled EP The Last Thing You Remember. The EP consists entirely of acoustic guitar and his single vocal.
The first thing I appreciated was his vocals which is really the element that carried the songs. He has a warm voice and he hits the notes he needs to with ease. The songs he sings are simple like children's melodies that you can sing along to. I expect he sings a couple protest songs that might be might not be suitable for children such as "Hey Mr Officer".
The fact that he doesn't change his strumming style to a noticeably significant degree and has no other instrumentation besides a guitar reminded me of my open mics back in my college days. Some variety in the music department would have been nice because the songs felt very similar especially upon first listen. Multiple guitars, a picking pattern or additional instruments in at least one song would have helped with some variety.
He opens with “Save It For The Eulogy” which actually reminded me of Bon Jovi when he did his acoustic, cowboy thing. The verse is the high energy part while the chorus is more hushed. He sings, “You’ll miss me when I’m gone” and “You’ll forget me when I’m gone.”
Up next is “Ave Maria (Send Me To Heaven)” which reminded of ’50s and ’60s folk singers. I was especially reminded of Cat Stevens on this song. It’s well composed and his vocals really shine. I thought this was a good range for him to be singing in.
I’m pretty sure “Good Morning Mayor Emanuel” is about Rahm Emanuel but Jancaterino is pretty vague about what he is actually talking about. He seems to be most concerned that Emanuel got a good night's sleep. “Hey Mr Officer” is the most folky, protest song of the batch that could have be straight from 1969 while “I Don't Wanna Say Goodbye” is a slower, melancholy and contemplative track.
Jancaterino is a solid songwriter and singer. I’d like to see him push his potential on his next release. Bump up the production, flesh out the arrangements and see what else he can do on guitar. I’m looking forward to his evolution.
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