Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Secondhand Serenade’s new release, an acoustic EP titled “Weightless” is supposed to bring John Vesely’s project back to its acoustic roots. It does do that, but it also adds in a brand new element that sets up Secondhand Serenade for some interesting things with future releases. That new element for Secondhand Serenade is John Vesely’s orchestral arrangements and work here. He did a wonderful job with that on this EP especially with “Animal.” Secondhand Serenade covered the Neon Trees hit but in a very original way. Instead of just doing a standard acoustic version, Vesely added a ton to the arrangement of that song including some of the most original orchestral work that I’ve heard in mainstream music in a very long time. The orchestral stuff is nice, but the one song on this EP that’s more of a conventional pop song- “Let Me In” might be more impressive. It’s a very catchy track, and its whimsical flow and vibe make it the perfect summer driving track. I’m not overly excited about the return to acoustic for Secondhand Serenade with “Weightless,” but I’m very impressed with the song writing here on “Let Me In” and the orchestral work. If you like Vesely’s stuff then you’ll love this EP. If you don't know a lot of his work- "Animal" and "Let Me In" are both worth checking out.