A clever take on the classic singer-songwriter format, Richard Tyler Epperson presents a beautiful world full of fire and passion on “Another Day EP”. The ingenuity he displays here shows that he not only understands the history of the sound he’s exploring but also pays respect to those who came before him. Elements of chamber pop, electronica, rock, all enter into the fray to give the collection a heartfelt earnestness. By far the true unifying theme are his vocals which possess an aura of peacefulness, for his deep register adds to the reassurance. Quite a talented lyricist he transforms these songs into stories with narratives that have a sense of life to them.
References abound, most notably touching upon some particularly beloved groups. His sheer honesty that he brings into the sound nods to the Mountain Goats’ unvarnished truths that inform their whole discography. With some of the more stripped-down works, one can see Iron & Wine’s rustic influence entering into the fray. Finally, with the reflective nature of many of the verses, there is a bit of the Magnetic Fields’ unusually well-balanced arrangements.
The beginning crackle of the opener “When I Build My World” features a tremendous hope about it. Everything about the song has a feeling of endless opportunity, for the rest of the band enters into the fray in its own casual way at first before it bursts forth with such color. Virtually harnessing the power of nature “The Song Inside Your Soul (Don’t Let Me Go)” offers a languid rhythm one that emphasizes the power of his words. A neat electronic lounge scope meets hard rock fury makes “Tonight (Wicked Lies)” a true hybrid and an absolute delight. By far the highlight the title track “Another Day (EP Version)” presents a real sense of buildup with the post-rock elements adding to some tremendous crescendos. Detail matters a lot here for Richard folds so much into the whole thing, from the lyrics to the constant evolution of the instruments. Swinging on through with a pleading quality is the tragic sound of “What Should I Do” featuring a questioning attitude. Quite charming with its easy-going demeanor, the toy box melodies of “Beautiful Day” has a light, bright and airy scope, full of a pastoral tenderness. Bringing it home comes the intimacy of “When I Build My World – Acoustic Version”.
Such a dignified work that helps to pull folk into the present, Richard Tyler Epperson’s “Another Day EP” possesses an uncanny amount of soul.