Published August 10, 2012
It’s strange, but I actually prefer this EP over his previous opus, ‘Summer Echoes.’ That album was good, but ‘Half Dreams’ feels simpler and more direct in how the songs are played out, with less chance of them fraying at the edges and turning too ramshackle.
From the sugar coated doo-wop pop of “Only Eyes,” there is the slightly tart/bitter “Walk With You,” a song of longing sensibility where the chorus is paired with some spine tingling backing vocals and soft brass lines. Not every track hits home. “Strange House” seems more at home at a knock-off ‘50s retro musical, but this doesn’t matter too much as “It’s Not There” picks up the pace with an energetic rhythm that finishes the EP with a flourish.
As EPs go, ‘Half Dreams’ is definitely one to make those hazy weekday evenings seem just that little bit hazier. Some cocktails wouldn’t go amiss either.
Have a listen for yourself at www.heysinfang.com.