Classic rock with a bit of a country twang, Ryan Chernin presents his debut EP, You Know Who You Are, out January 13. The EP has been described as “a sultry collection of songs about life, love and loss”, and I can’t say I disagree.
Sounding easy and almost effortless, Chernin’s voice is smooth and sweet in this EP. In fact, his vocals are what set this EP apart from any other classic rock, showcasing his musical theatre roots from acting in college. As he croons lyrics like, “Let the past be surpassed” in Recast, it’s easy to get lost in the music.
The rest of the EP is an excellent blend of classic rock and country, although it contains much more of the former. Through an assortment of six songs, both acoustic and not, Chernin’s voice is layered over simple-yet-captivating guitar tracks. Despite some slower songs, Chernin manages to avoid muddy-feeling songs by providing driving percussion.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m usually not a fan of country music. However, I did really like this EP. It’s catchy, it’s not the typical country cliché, and there’s just enough classic rock influence to make it enjoyable for me. In fact, it felt too short – after each song, I’d be missing Chernin’s sweet theatre-esque vocals.
Check out You Know Who You Are, out this Friday, January 13!