Vision Never Dies is the solo project by Avi Blum. Apparently the self-titled EP Vision Never Dies which is under ten minutes in length was years in the making. It’s a complete DIY effort. The production is good. Especially considering the minimum amount of tools that were used. The music falls into the rock/pop category.
Blum opens with “Tell Me Stay” which is a straightforward song that veers towards ’90s alternative. The guitar revolves around a basic chord structure as the drums and bass provide the energy. It’s a fairly catchy song that is predictable and familiar-sounding where you could make comparisons to a myriad of bands.
He follows a verse/chorus/verse structure that even comes with a breakdown and guitar solo. Lyrically Blum also covers familiar territory. He sings ,“Tell me not to go yet, there's so much left to say. The end is not the end, because our cries will light the way.”
Up next is “A Kindred Soul” which is a lot less rock-based. It’s a pop song at the end of the day. and catchier than the opener. The lyrics are a lot heavier than the song feels. He sings, “In heartless acts I see some fact, in nature which has proven me,wrong again, oh I must pretend to not question my mortality, I see,in your eyes...A kindred soul,of ages past. Only now, I see old crimes can be,forgiven.” Some of the best instrumental moments are around the one-minute-mark. The song also changes tempo and lets him unload a long instrumental section.
He closes with “Emerald Eyes” which is the highlight on the EP. It’s hard to pinpoint what I liked about this song but the vocals were well delivered and the subtle orchestral strings also worked. On top of that the song has a number of crescendos that pop. I especially thought the drum fills were well implemented.
I’m not exactly sure why it took him so long to get out these songs but I hope to hear more music pretty soon. The songs felt like an appetizer and went by quickly. Blum has some talent. His voice took a little getting used to and I thought we might have benefited from more out of the box thinking.
Overall, the songwriting is still solid and I found the songs enjoyable. Recommended.
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