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1st Base Runner Ellis EP Review

Artist: 1st Base Runner (Real identify: Tim Husmann)

EP: ‘Ellis;’ Released: December, 10 2021; Produced by Husmann; Mixed by Colin Bricker at Mighty Fine Productions; and Mastered by Greg Calbi and Steven Fallone at Sterling Sound

Contemplating the challenges of their life, and what they should do to be able to reestablish a way of calmness and management over their future, is a robust theme that musicians of all genres can embrace and discover of their songs. That’s definitely the case for Austin, Texas-based artist, Tim Husmann, who performs beneath the stage identify, 1st Base Runner. The digital singer-songwriter powerfully highlights folks’s battle to search out their approach once more on his lately launched five-track sophomore EP, ‘Ellis.’

The potent new assortment follows Husmann as he additional expands his atmospheric and intensely personal signature sound by incorporating indie rock, shoegaze, post-punk, pop, ambient and different musical influences into his newest songs. ‘Ellis’ additional proves his powerhouse capability as a performer, after he launched his indie-rock-electronic debut LP, ‘Seven Years of Silence,’ on July 30. The full-length album highly effective delved into the basic truths about what it means for folks to be current on their very own phrases in trendy society.

The singer’s new EP thrives partially as a consequence of him feeling a way of ease by collaborating together with his longtime buddy and co-writer, Bryan Ellis. The musicians’ consolation with one another created a full of life environment that’s pushed by a mix of vivid chords and percussion, which is analogous to the instinctive vibe that was featured on ‘Seven Years of Silence.’

Husmann and Ellis crafted the right rating for younger love all through the EP, which is stylistically just like the music of such rock bands as Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, My Bloody Valentine and Godspeed. ‘Ellis’ begins with the stellar entry, ‘Near Me.’ Driven by goth, industrial and digital beats created by darkish, pulsating drums and bassline, the multi-layered new wave and electro-pop tune additionally takes inspiration from Depeche Mode’s signature sound. Also supported by funky rhythms, Husmann’s plush vocals infuse his lyrics with mysterious, darkish tones. While the tune’s lyrics are repetitive, because the singer questions whether or not the individual he loves can be prepared to get near him once more, the general pulsating beats make it the preliminary tune a possible membership hit.

‘Near Me’ is adopted by ‘Ellis’ most memorable, standout entry, ‘Flux,’ which continues ‘Near Me’s basic digital instrumental beat. The observe additionally options good new wave instrumentals that help the musician’s potent, husky vocals, which infuse the lyrics with sensuous tones. The relatable tune options Husmann considering his bond with the individual he loves, and whether or not they need to proceed their relationship. The singer additionally memory about all of the experiences they’ve had, each collectively and on their very own, and questions if they will overcome the variations they’ve encountered throughout their journeys.

‘Ellis’ concludes down with the reflective entry, ‘Man Overboard,’ which is pushed by significant symbolism. Husmann croons about being weighed down by relatable mounting obstacles whereas he tries to battle again and attain the floor. Driven by a basic digital and techno beat, the musician displays on making an attempt to return to time when he had a sense of calmness and had management over his life, which makes the tune a stellar conclusion to the EP.

Husmann proves what a noteworthy musician he’s with the current launch of ‘Ellis,’ which is notable for its emotional themes, together with folks working collectively to garner a way of calmness and management over their relationships and future. Also pushed by atmospheric instrumentals and stellar vocals, the indie-alternative-electronic-shoegaze EP remarkably highlights the singer-songwriter’s vulnerabilities which are relatable to followers of all music genres.

For extra data on Husmann, go to his official website, in addition to his Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Spotify, Bandcamp, SoundCloud and YouTube pages.

The cover for singer-songwriter 1st Base Runner’s indie-alternative-electronic-shoegaze EP, ‘Ellis.’ Art by: Matt Needle.

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