The EP draws the listener into a melancholy world of failed dreams, lost loves, and the craziness of blinding love.
The sultry duo of Tru Tran and Rachel Garcia, known collectively as The Singer and the Songwriter, has released its newest effort. Ballads for Trying Times is five tracks dripping in glorious melodies, melancholy lyrics, and superb guitar work. Guitarist Tran and vocalist Garcia take their incredible songwriting talents to new heights on this EP.
Starting out is “Nights and Weekends,” an ode to a life, perhaps one wasted in pursuit of a dream. The lyrics are brutally honest, and sung by a soul who is lost in a dream. The production, by the band members themselves, is organic. No sequencers or digital tricks here: just honest playing from a duo who deserve stardom. The recording was done over a five day during which they created some very well-crafted tunes.
The EP draws the listener into a melancholy world of failed dreams, lost loves, and the craziness of blinding love. Illustrating this clearly is “If You Followed Me/If I Followed You,“ a catchy song about pursuing a loved one down the road of chased dreams.
Succulently performed, this release is a breath of musical fresh air. With a Sade-esque feel, Garcia delivers sultry vocals to go with Tran’s elegant guitarwork. They seem made for each other, as if they are musical soulmates.
Ballads for Trying Times is a delectable listen, an emotional journey down a sullen, yet hopeful trail. Garcia and Tran bring together songs that appear written just for the listener, and no one else. A very personal and intimate release. A+ | Marc Farr