When I saw that Omid Master was from Australia, I had high expectations for this single. I’m not sure what it is, but I’ve always had a connection with Australian music. Maybe part of it comes from the fact that I’ve always been fascinated with the continent of Australia. It’s on my bucket list for places to visit.
For whatever reason, I’ve followed a lot of Australian bands over the years. From AC/DC to Angel City to The Church and Counting Crows, there is a wide range of sounds coming from Australia. Then again, it’s a massive continent. The thing is, there seems to be a musical tie binding it all together. To me, bands like INXS and Icehouse have perhaps captured that magic the best. There are definitely things here that tell me this is Australian music from that same tradition.
The opening of “only You” fits the description at Master’s website – singer songwriter. The cut has a good deal of passion in the vocal delivery. It’s a solid slower, mellow number. The layers of instrumentation and vocals across the top do a good job of building on the themes of the song, a relationship coming to an end. I suppose if I had to search for other Australian acts with which to compare this song, I might look to Icehouse or The Church, but that’s really more of a tenuous thread, really.
Now, the Australian connection really shines on “When I Close My Eyes.” That song seems to have a lot in common with the music of fellow Aussies INXS to me. The cut certainly brings that Australian legacy home to roost. I love the soaring vocals and the whole song seems to gel really well. Where the first piece was a ballad, this has a lot more of a melodic rock sound built into it.
Masters does a good job of carrying the Aussie torch. Apparently he’s already released two albums and is working on a third. I’m going to have to look into his back catalogue and watch where he’s headed next. I’m intrigued.