I think every passionate individual will always have that driving need to do something. The question is, will that ‘something’ remain the same. I’ve been pondering this for the past few days as I took a a break from blogging and devoted my time to something else. And that is also the reason why this review is long overdue. I feel that for a music lover, I need time and and a good place to listen to music in order for it to touch me. I need to be able to bring that music somewhere else and let it speak to me, if it fails to speak to me in my current state. Our taste in music changes with our mood and also our environment. Singer-songwriters are very familiar to this trade. That is why they don’t force themselves to just make music for the sake of quantity. There has to be ‘soul’ in it. And everyone who works in the creative field knows this as well. Time is important. And nature is our music.
When you listen singer/songwriters like Jeremy Tuplin, you need that special place not just physically but mentally. His songs are rich in imagery and texture. If you let them soak in, you will realize how they can resonate with your life, be it your past or current state. People who love Leonard Cohen will really like what he does with his melodies and lyrics. His voice is also deep and honest. You get the sense that he bleeds with every lines.
I love British folk and Irish ballads and his style is a familiar territory. That’s why when I heard the first stanza of Kathleen(the opening track) I am taken into that familiar world once again. That time in my early twenties when I got a copy of The Long Black Veil by the Chieftains. I hear a bit of Van Morrison but yes the rest of his tracks are distinctive. So what can he say about his music? According to him:
“I wanted to try and create something that’s not really specific to any genre. I’ve got loads of different influences – from Cass Mccombs to Willy Mason, from Leonard Cohen to Bill Callahan, but also acts from the London circuit who are barely known but incredible. There’s that underlying ‘folk’ element, but I’m hoping this EP moves away from that to something more contemporary.”
I think he really accomplished his goal in this album as all tracks sound eclectic. I am reminded of folk greats like Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young who moved away from the common formula and created albums that stand out the test of time.
Open Letters is now available for download via various sites. The EP has five songs early this year. Visit: https://resonatingwoodrecordings.bandcamp.com/merch