Christopher Smith – Keepsake EP
[tags: folk, indie, ep, 2009]
Listen while reading:
White Knuckle (from Keepsake EP)
You’ve Lost That Lovin Feeling (original by The Righteous Brothers) (Bonus track from Keepsake EP) download it!
It seems that Christopher Smith’s EP Keepsake was overlooked by most blogs – CFM included. The man from Vancouver/Canada, so it seems to me, has released one EP before (Christmas Day) but nothing else. Das Klienicum wrote about him earlier and featured Piece By Piece from the unpublished Garage Sessions, also it said there, that Christopher is going to release an EP with the name 2 Strawberries In A Jam and a full length album in February 2010 called The Beckon Call. As far as I can see, the 2 Strawberries In A Jam EP was never released or was released but now under the name Keepsake EP. However the track 2 Strawberries In A Jam will be featured on the upcoming full length. The situation is kind of weird, but ok.
What is fact is, that Smith’s second EP exists and features 5 tracks of him. The music was recorded in a bedroom and the vocals in a bathroom. This adds a nice homemade bedroom (bathroom?) atmosphere to the songs. They themselves come as folksy indie tracks; hushed and quiet sometimes with just vocals and acoustic guitar, but then they are also irascible with heavy arrangements of drums, percussions, synthesizer, vocals and electric guitar. The track White Knuckel combines all those elements in a very nice manner and I think it is a good representative for the EP.
What really knocks my socks of is the voice and its recording. I don’t know why exactly, but it gives me an airy feeling listening to the cautious but present vocals especially in the EP’s title track. It’s just wonderful in combination with the acoustic guitar melodies and so is the rest of Keepsake.