Eddy Mann’s gentle spirit radiates throughout the soulful spirited “Pray On”. A sense of togetherness runs through the whole of the album. By opting for the grace that faith can bring the lightness of the album becomes readily apparent. Lyrics delve deep into concepts of supporting each other in any possible way they can. Community is one of the most important things a person can be a part of and Eddy Mann proves it within these many carefully crafted narratives. Forgoing easy categorization, his easy-going, laid-back style brings elements of indie rock, dream pop, and folk into a cohesive, coherent whole one that has a warm, inviting presence.
The lush arrangements and crystal-clear production recall the ambitious loveliness of Fleet Foxes. Akin to their work, the honeyed vocals and sweeping arrangements have a tremendous heart behind them. Instrumentally vibrant too Eddy Mann incorporates the old and new elements of folk traditions. Within the folk presence, the indie rock lilts come from how cleverly Eddy Mann dovetails rather clever hooks. In this fashion at least he touches upon Grizzly Bear’s early output as the way the tracks grow has a naturalistic hue about them.
A bright and airy “You Are Who You Are” starts things off in joyful fashion. From the crisp guitar to the tactile percussion it all comes together in a venerable slipstream. Careful delicate grooves are set on the giddy “Listen and Love”. Just the right degree of anticipation rides through on the anthemic “Pray On”. One of the highlights of the album, Eddy Mann taps into U2’s Joshua Tree phase. Things go for a delicate demeanor on the bright and sunny “Come Follow Me”. “Little Dreaming” features an impressive groove with some rather beautiful instruments (the sitar in particular being a fine touch). Faith defines the impressive scope of “I In Them” complete with some fantastic fiery riffs thrown in for good measure.
Downright gorgeous “A Light is Shining” radiates with so much hope. Full of happiness the way the piece looks towards a better future feels righteous. The glowing organs underpin the poignancy of “One Day”. The jazzy inflections of “Awe Came Upon Their Soul” at times touches upon an urbane, jazz-rock fusion. Layer upon layer filters into the mix on the lowkey splendor of “Midnight Harmonics”. Going for a stripped-down, intimate take on is the powerful message of “A Someone”. Nicely wrapping up the album is the dub-inflected tempos of “Come Let Us Walk”.
“Pray On” reveals Eddy Mann to be a singer-songwriter of the highest caliber, forgoing trendiness for timelessness.