William Ryan Key is best known for being the frontman of American rock band, Yellowcard but since their scheduled parting of ways, he has decided to release his own solo project. Here’s what we have to say about his debut EP, Thirteen…
Many people will be expecting something in the same vein as Yellowcard but this release couldn’t be further from that sound. It’s clear that William Ryan Key has spent some time developing his own unique, acoustic-led style that is very different to even one of his former band’s acoustic albums.
This is a stunning, warm-sounding and mellow EP, that feels reflective, somewhat sorrowful and like it was therapeutic for him to write. It truly is an EP that would suit a warm summer evening around a campfire, with friends or on a sunny autumnal walk through a forest.
It all begins with track, ‘Old Friends’, which serves as a cleansing opener, reflecting on his past mistakes and seeking forgiveness in order to look to the future with a clearer conscience.
‘Vultures’ is probably the most similar track to his former sound with its upbeat guitar patterns, but it’s still heavily led by acoustics and his new, more laidback vocals. This is a song very much about moving on from the past, whilst open and honest track, ‘Form and Figure’ describes the sleepless and anxious state so many experience, after the loss of someone you love.
‘Thirty Days’ is rich with ambient tones, whilst ‘Great Unknown’ takes an optimistic look to the uncertain future.
William Ryan Key has always been a lyricist that people can connect with, and this is no different; in fact it might even be a more frank and open set of songs that is reinforced by its easy listening demeanour – beautiful melodies, calming guitars, stunning vocals and atmospheric sounds.
Fans of Yellowcard will certainly get enjoyment from this, but equally, so will fans of folky, singer-songwriter vibes. It’s an exciting new direction for this incredibly talented musician and I can’t wait to hear what he has to offer next.
‘Thirteen’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/thirteen-ep/1382373461
Thirteen on Spotify
Vultures (Official Audio)
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