Brad Reiman | Walking in the Unknown (s/r)

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Melodic and melancholy, Walking in the Unknown is a superb, if not light, musical journey into a style somewhat left behind in today’s age of electronic and synthesized music.

 

 

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brad Reiman is celebrating the release of his first EP. Walking in the Unknown contains six melodic, soft pop songs reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel, with a dash of Duncan Sheik and The Beatles.

Reiman proves that there is, indeed, still a place for the singer/songwriter in today’s music scene. The material here is introspective and honest. Produced by Scott Yoshimara, the production is no-frills and clean, leaving the songs to stand for themselves. The musicianship and beautiful structure of the songs are allowed to shine through.

Harmonically elegant with a pop sensability, the “less is more” approach works very well for Reiman. He is a good songwriter whose delivery is intimate and pure. Many times in this genre, the lead vocal is too heavy-handed and allows no organic space. Here, the vocals are part of the entire ensemble, making for a total package. Melodic and melancholy, Walking in the Unknown is a superb, if not light, musical journey into a style somewhat left behind in today’s age of electronic and synthesized music.

One of the spotlight tracks here is “People Everywhere,” featuring Evelyn Taylor on vocals. The song is a slow, passionate arrangement with fabulous harmonies. Also featured is “Whatever Happened to Tomorrow,” which sports a beautiful melody—a pure pop ballad for the ages.

Overall, I enjoyed this album. If Reiman can rise above the din of other artists, he may just have a hit. B | Marc Farr

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