Thursday, March 08, 2012

EP Review: Family Trees


Title:  Family Trees (BandCamp)
Artist:  Young Readers (Facebook, Twitter, BandCamp, Last.fm)

Young Readers is the folk project of Oklahoma singer/songwriter Jordan Herrera.  Family Trees is a six-song EP of dark and moody folk tunes driven by Herrera’s almost breathy vocals and acoustic guitar.  Many of the songs also include strings adding additional layers of texture to the melodies (“All I Have” and “Lion Tamers” for example).  All six songs are ballads with moments that are equally tender and desperate (often in the same song). 

Family Trees is a very strong debut EP.  Herrera is obviously a very gifted songwriter and had a bright future ahead of him. 

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