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CD REVIEW: While Everything Is Now by Trey Connor

The debut solo release from Trey Connor marks this twenty year old’s true coming out party. The EP While Everything Is Now features six songs, all running less than four minutes, packed with guitar heroics, first class vocals, melody, and infectious pop energy. They are likewise characterized by astonishingly self-aware lyrical content and artful creative restraint that gets the most out of the songs without ever playing any single aspect of the compositions in a pandering, blatantly attempting to grab attention sort of way. These are uniformly solid songs performed in an inspired and honest fashion; very little post-production work has been spent on prettying these songs up for their intended audience. Instead, the tracks on While Everything Is Now play like spontaneous and live utterances from a world-class artist in the making and are guaranteed to entertain the widest possible audience.

It starts off exuberantly with “What You Are (My Spark)”, a uptempo romp that’s surging with energy from the first to last notes. His vocal matches the musical enthusiasm all along the way and he sounds quite empowered by the outpouring of emotion this song allows. The instruments take more of a compositional or orchestral approach here, eschewing solos or spotlight moments, and it makes the song all the more impressive as a complete work. The second track “Stay” has some of the same surge heard in the opener, but it’s a little more tempered and relies much more on pop vocals, particularly the backing voices. “Hold On” takes its time building up a head of steam but, once it does, the song is off to the proverbial races and laden with a number of big and small crescendos sure to keep audience hearts racing. The empathy and compassion running through his lyrics is brought to life by his powerful vocals.

“You” wheels out his big guitar song and the six string work on the track lights up the composition with high wire dramatics and genuine rock muscle. If there’s any doubts about Connor’s great pop voice being able to handle the demands of a rock song, he dismisses those misgivings on the basis of this performance alone. “My Ghosts” is an unexpected shift into acoustic territory, but Connor’s songwriting imagination prevents this from being merely some unadorned low-fi workout. Instead, “My Ghosts” has all sorts of nuance surrounding its central musical element and his vocals wrap quite tightly around the music. “Best of Days” slowly escalates from its simmering beginnings into a final full fledged pop rock effort with an exultant mood that Connor climaxes in a very satisfying way.

While Everything Is Now is only six songs, but it establishes Connor as a solo performer with such impressive finality that his eventual first full length release has a much clearer path towards widespread acceptance. He has tremendous talents as a singer, musician, and songwriter that come through in every song along with the facility to come off equally convincing as a solo performer as he does in a band context. This is one of the most thrilling debuts to emerge in 2016.

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by Lydia Hillenburg

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While Everything Is Now is only six songs, but it establishes Connor as a solo performer with such impressive finality that his eventual first full length release has a much clearer path towards widespread acceptance. He has tremendous talents as a singer, musician, and songwriter that come through in every song along with the facility to come off equally convincing as a solo performer as he does in a band context. This is one of the most thrilling debuts to emerge in 2016.

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