I listened to Ewreckage’s “Eccentric” right in the beginning of the gorgeous Californian summer and it was the perfect soundtrack. So much passion overflows throughout the whole of the album for Ewreckage shows a tremendous amount of range. Going from slick R&B jams to bright and airy acoustic celebrations it all stuns. The whole of the album is drenched in so much sunlight for the optimism shines throughout the journey. Instrumentally vibrant the tremendous degree of color feels just perfect. A true ear for melody ties these many different approaches together. Eric Jay Santos proves to be an incredible arranger for these pieces have a sweeping, majestic quality to them. By far the very heart and soul of the album comes from the incredible vocalists employed throughout. Within this approach the album is given a multifaceted quality.
The multifaceted, soulful quality touches upon the polished pop perfection of Frank Ocean’s reflective work in “Blonde”. Allowing the arrangements plenty of room to breathe and utilizing emotionally wrought buildups, Ewreckage explores a raw tenderness. Lyrics too point to Frank Ocean’s storytelling abilities, courtesy of the great range of different vocalists that appear throughout. Clever funk-fused hip-hop at times touches upon Flying Lotus’s highly creative, ornate style. Everything about the album has a lush, luxurious cadence to it whether it skillfully surreal or outright earnest.
“Wrong” opens the album up on a high note, with big bass leading the way. The keyboards in particular lend it a rather soulful approach as the grooves glide along. Acoustic and EDM mix in a swirling marriage on the thoughtful “Thanks for Nothing”. Easily the highlight of the album comes from the playful “Ocean”. Keeping things to the essentials the whole of the track radiates with so much love. Yearning and passion give it a warm inviting disposition. Intimacy reigns supreme over the delicate “Still on My Mind” where the song gains a unique sort of poetry. A summer jam emerges on the low-key bliss of “Shivers” where Ewreckage taps a bit into Spoon’s joyous sound.
Carefully executed “Figure It Out” is akin to a grand adventure, with a physical sound running through the whole of it. Almost live-sounding, there is an urgency within it. Piano anchors the powerful “You and I” which is a truly timeless love song sung with tremendous heart. Spacious to its core “Keep Going” incorporates a sense of nostalgia within the hip-hop context. Eerie keyboards weave their way into the colossal mix. The party atmosphere of “Night Sky” rules for its power comes from the way it bursts forth. Neon-hued splendor defines the woozy warbled finale of “Ocean – Remix”.
Ewreckage draws from classic rock, funk, jazz, EDM, folk, surf rock, R&B and a whole plethora of genres on the dazzling kaleidoscopic “Eccentric”.