Nice guitar strumming and lush vocals, slightly reminiscent of Howie Day & Jack Johnson open this 4-piece. Something that immediately becomes apparent is that Jonny Forbin is first and foremost a strong songwriter. Funky A sounds like a great, fun song, but it’s also well-composed and everything is carefully put in the right place. The use of extra instruments and some subtle effects work remarkably well, and Jonny’s vocals are a perfect fit. Off to a very good start.
The laid-back, well-performed OCD is something you expect to hear on a popular TV show (Smallville, Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy for example) as it has that TV-feel, as I sometimes call it. Not the most renewing format for a pop song, but who cares. Forbin wrote, performed and presents the song with passion and he does this kind of thing at least as good as anyone else.
Lady Love is the best song on this EP. Vocally, Jonny Forbin reminds me of Joe Hedges sometimes, and the song is composed very strongly using a wide range of influences that all find an appropriate place in this song, which features great vocals and lyrics that smelt together as an impressive force, which interacts with the musical arrangement like a charm.
Mr. Bigshot (The Espresso Song)
Mr. Bigshot is another well-performed song, which would be interesting to hear live as it features some great guitar work and Forbin varies the tempo and sound well, though sometimes subtle. It may not even be the strongest track on the EP, but it is a job well done.
My experience with the singer/songwriter scene gives me a lot of material for comparison and though there are a lot of talents out there, Jonny Forbin is one that will stick for me. Two things that a singer/songwriter needs to climb out of the ‘good singer/songwriter’ into the ‘great singer/songwriter’ are passionately and emotionally inspired songs, and a good dynamics between the lyrics & music in the songwriting. Forbin shows he can do this very well. He also draws from a wide range of influences and his songs are good listens. The music appeals to listeners who like the genre and I’m not saying anything outrageous if I say that this EP promises nothing but good for Jonny Forbin!