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It’s hard not to support Ryan Star, his heart’s always in the right place. He wants to do well for the right reasons and he doesn’t half-ass anything he does. A great example of that is an independent free EP that he just released- The America EP. The EP shares few similarities with his Atlantic debut 11:59 and it’s a nice path that he can either run parallel to his label releases or completely switch things up and just go this route with this sound from here on out. The best part about the EP and the biggest compliment I can give it, is it doesn’t sound like free music.
The four songs on this EP are similar to the heartfelt moments on 11:59, songs like “We Might Fall” and “Losing Your Memory.” The four songs, including the Tom Petty cover, share a vocal-driven approach to them. Although there’s some great instrumentation and some really beautiful piano on some songs, this EP is about Star’s vocal and he does a terrific job on all four of these songs. Two of these songs really stand out as tracks that are more than good enough to be on the next album, “America” and “Orphans” are both terrific songs that have great lyrical content and they both of unique elements in their verses. It’s hard to do anything unique in music these days, but Star accomplishes that outside of his choruses with this EP.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens for Ryan Star after this EP. He’ll be working on a new album this year, we’ll see how this EP influences that. There’s no reason not to get this because it’s free. There’s no reason not to listen to it over and over because it’s good.