Very rarely does one encounter such wonderful expressiveness and such natural talent as is evident in each track on Gin Cooley’s brand new EP, entitled simply “Gin”. The former fashion model shows off another facet of her career with this impressive undertaking, bringing out vocals that are smooth and sultry, yet nevertheless vibrant.
Her first track, “Unattainable”, which came out a little bit before the EP, paints an enticing and charming vision and strikes a chord with anyone who’s longed for someone they can not have. Interestingly enough, the track speaks to both lover and the object of affection, striking on an equally deep level with the people who have trouble establishing a strong personal connection with someone.
Cooley further explores the depths of this deep connection in her track, “Death of a Friend”. As the name suggests, the song explores the theme of loss, be it perceived or actual, and really reaches deep into the soul of the listener. It also suggests a hint of alienation, of feeling completely alone and lost in the world.
The slow, piano intro of this track sets the grieving mood for this piece, and Gin’s voice hits you like something of a wake-up call.
“I just poured a drink out for you,” she sings, making it very clear by the tonality of her seductive, sorrowful voice, that that drink is for someone who’s gone. It’s a song that’s packed with emotion, and one that invites the listener to really let out their most deeply buried feelings. Which is an impressive task for any artist.
Overall, the album explores a slightly eerie and mournful world, even in the happier songs. However, that’s not to say it’s a bad album. On the contrary, it’s one of those rare pieces that proves just how beautiful and appealing a sad song can be.
And strangely enough, there is hidden strength in each track, though it’s hard to say where. Perhaps it’s in the slow piano notes of “Death of a Friend”, or perhaps it’s in the sensual, inviting voice in “You Know Me”.
But regardless where it is, it somehow manages to push the listener forward, taking them through this valley of sadness, but also helping them escape it.