Last month, we had the privilege of reviewing Aaron Rickel‘s debut single, “Fading Summer” (check it out: HERE). Well, the Los Angeles songwriter is back with his debut EP, Blood & Bone and the title is fitting. The EP is down to earth, heartfelt and personal. The acoustic indie-pop sound that permeates each track is filled with grandiose background strings that is reminiscent of The Lumineers and The 1975.
“Fading Summer” is more of a folk-pop song, but Blood & Bone as a whole is more folk-rock. The distinction may seem trivial, but there is a subtle difference. That difference gives the EP a grander, more epic feel.
“Questions”, the second song on the EP, is still a down-tempo folk track, but the overall feeling is more emotional and rawer than the debut single. Rickel‘s ability to write songs about meaningful questions that plague people daily makes his music accessible and reachable. His ability to give listeners an aural lifeline that reaches out to say wee are all the same longing for something. That we are searching for love, faith or a home. It is heart of what folk music is and Aaron Rickel is proving that folk-rock is not dead.
“Fading Summer”, and the subsequent singles, eased us into the musical wanderings of Blood & Bone. It is a brilliant strategy and we can expect big things from the California singer-songwriter.
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