EP Review: Jason Riddell – Out On Slow Curve
Posted by Laura Imrie
The theme of simplicity is one that runs throughout the tracks on this EP. Despite using a sparse amount of words in his music, Jason manages to cram his songs with sentiment and meaning. His lyrics read like a poem; abondoning the common lyrical structure of verse and chorus, which, coupled with the accompanying melodies makes for incredibly emotive songs.
Until Life Feels Good Again is a particularly soothing climax to the EP. The song contains just two lines: “You can borrow all my sorrow / ’til life feels good again” which are sang in a continuous loop alongside equally soothing harp-like guitar sounds. The haunting simplicity of the songs adds a melancholic undertone to compliment Jason’s words of sorrow. Although his genius inclusion of whistling amongst the guitar acts as a counterbalance to uplift the track a little – as well as demonstrating another thing to add to his list of talents.
The other two tracks on the EP – title track Out On Slow Curve and Dream/Lapse – mirror the lullaby feel displayed in Until Life Feels Good Again and really cement the theme of the EP. Lyrics such as “It came with its own regrets / It’ll go wherever it gets” appear cryptic, leaving the listener to decipher a meaning for themselves but yet this doesn’t detract from the emotion created within the songs.
Altogether, Out On Slow Curve is a wonderful collection of beautifully constructed songs making it a perfect EP to pop on, sit back and let the soft, smooth vocals melt your worries away.