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Review: 'Jacques, Rich'
'Everything Must Change'   

-  Label: 'Cousteau Records/I-tunes'
-  Genre: 'Post-Rock' -  Release Date: '8.7.22.'

Our Rating:
Everything Must Change is the debut solo ep from Los Angeles based Rich Jacques who is probably best known for producing Lisa Loeb or as a member of Brownie Mary or Right The Stars. This EP was mainly written and produced during the pandemic lockdowns and is a gently evocative gem.

This ep opens with Montecito that makes this small-town sound like a beautiful idyll almost as pretty as the musical accompaniment that has lots of gently plucked strings.

Everything Must Change is about the calmest and most laid-back call for revolution imaginable, this is as much about a personal revolution as a political one, but the need for change is poignantly expressed in a nice gentle calm way.

Can You See It has gentle birdsong sparse piano and a strummed acoustic guitar evoking feelings of the confusion felt as the world changed dramatically and you try to find you way through the malaise, this has a sense of inner calm that comes from quiet reflection as you look forward to better times.

Burn Me Down is more like being gently singed, rather than consumed by a raging inferno, the backing is barely there and yet totally integral to what makes this song draw you in, listen to the whistling and handclaps and dream of better times.

New Design is gently thought-provoking whispering ideas in your ear as to how to move on and re-build lives and relationships as the twin vocals interweave and harmonize.

The Ep closes with Stars Above that has the feel of a modern hymn as you seek absolution and a need for love and connection and a more peaceful and love filled world set among the subtle beautiful music that is about as restrained as it can be.

Find out more at https://richjacques.fanlink.to/EMCa https://www.richjacques.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Jacqmusique

  author: simonovitch

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