Arms and Hearts
The Jaded Captain
Release Date: 6th June 2016
Singer/songwriter Steve Millar, aka Arms and Hearts, has been featured on the blog before when I reviewed his last EP ‘Set In Stone’. Now he is back with his new release, the two track ‘The Jaded Captain’ that sees Millar bring to life to live favourites that as yet have never been placed on record. Hailing from Northwich, Millar has gone from strength to strength with his musical career after his last release gained plenty of press coverage. It surely speaks volumes that this new release will be just as successful, if not more so, for him over the coming months.
The unmistakable sound of fast-paced acoustic guitar strums open up this EP, bringing us into ‘Empty Frequency’ filling the track with melody from the first moments. We build up to verses that see a steady guitar line sitting underneath rough around the edges vocals, which maintain plenty of harmony running throughout them. The grounding influence of the guitar on the vocals creates a great moment of flowing calm before choruses hit with a rapid guitar delivery and emotion fuelled vocals making themselves known. This is a really wonderful track and a great opener with such a good lyrical story, it hooks you in straight away begging you to listen on and find out more.
A country drawl of harmonica rings in the start of ‘Troubled Minds, Bloodshot Eyes’ as gently plucked guitar chords weave their way through the strong notes created by that harmonica. Gentle, hushed vocals come in, losing the roughness in them and adding more harmony and with that change we are left with a track which will see you swaying along to the soft chords. We get to the midpoint of the song and a guitar strummed with deference is added along with shouted vocals portraying the emotion found in the enticing lyrics. This is an utterly stunning track that focuses so much on showcasing its emotion throughout and when we get to the last minute, as the tempo picks up and a feel-good country atmosphere is created, it is no less impressive than before.
Check out the first track, ‘Empty Frequency’, for yourself below: