Discard the fact that Ben Meyercord is a friend of mine. Discard the fact that he often contributes to this website. I did. Listening to Meyercordâ€™s debut EP Childish, I wanted to take on a fresh perspective. I wanted to be endearing and honest in my recount of the EP, so thatâ€™s how I approached it.
Yet, I couldnâ€™t help but be taken with the heart wrenching-folk Meyercord lays out in each and every melody, through each strum of the guitar. The folk-ridden guitar parts are interspersed with selectively poppy rhythms and the lyrics are packed with emotion.
The EP opens with â€œFriday Nightâ€, a poppy folk ballad filled with romantic, emotive melodies, and lyrics that delve into inner struggles. â€œEasy Little Strumâ€ takes it down a notch, softening the guitar and keys and additional instrumentation before kicking it back up for the catchy â€œSummer Waltzâ€.
Itâ€™s no surprise that â€œChildishâ€ is the clear winner here. Placed directly after the lovable â€œSummer Waltzâ€, the title track finds Meyercord blending in some additional instrumentation just like its predecessor for the EPâ€™s climax. In both, thereâ€™s a heavy emphasis on keyboard melodies which accompany Benâ€™s folk-y guitar, but he fills the vacant spots with additional vocalists. Thereâ€™s also a larger focus on percussion.
The EP grows from the softer moments in the beginning to the powerful electric guitar parts of â€œChildishâ€ and wraps with â€œTaking It Slowâ€. Ben adds a female vocalist here for a calming, seductive conclusion. Short and sweet, Childish is sure to win over folk-pop fans around the globe.
This review was originally published May 9, 2008 on the old version of FensePost.
Meyercord: Childish [mp3]
1. Friday Night
2. Easy Little Strum
3. Summer Waltz
5. Taking It Slow