Victor Torres is an artist from Texas who recently released Give 'Em Hell. The four song EP showcases a blend of singer/songwriter type songs with rock that is ultimately under the umbrella of pop. The songs even when slightly melancholy felt optimistic and hopeful.
Up first is “Animal” which has a funky rock feel to it. The song heads right down the center to a predictable pop song with classic tropes that make a single a single. There are some similarities to bands like Maroon 5 as well as Jamiroquai. The song is really well delivered with a tight performance all around.
Up next is “One Foot in the Grave” which feeds into a John Mayer and Jack Johnson type vibe. It’s very intimate sounding, about a lady but has also has the classic by the beach feeling to it.
“I'm a Mess” was arguably the highlight. The classic singer/songwriter is in full effect. On that note I could see this song appealing to a large audience. The melodies are very catchy and will get stuck in your head.
“Give 'Em Hell” felt more motivational than the rest of the songs. It’s a bit of an odd juxtaposition. He sings “Give ‘Em Hell” but the way he does it sounds really sweet like he is singing to a lover.
First and foremost Torres is a great musician. He can sing and has no problem writing a song. Torres is also a young guy and I can hear a lot of influence within the songs. I think Torres has yet to find a signature sound based on these four songs and I was struggling to find the elements that really defines a signature sound that would stand apart from other like minded music. My advice to Torres is keep that in mind as he continues to evolve as a musician,
Overall, there is a lot to appreciate here especially for fans of singer/songwriter style pop.
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