This is excellent – pure and simple. Chicago singer-songwriter Brandon Cunningham delivers four absolutely stunning tracks on this latest E.P., Giveout. From sparse and haunting to lush and textured, this young musician knows how to write a song and convey the emotions that make these songs stand out so strongly.
Opening with “Baby”, my instant reaction was that he’d listened to Big Star’s 3rd – the space of acoustic guitars and few lyrical lines would suggest inspiration from a track like “Kanga Roo”. The beauty of this track is that it builds up slowly, only to drop and pull itself back in the most satisfying way. “Bush Wives” has a surf-guitar feel to go with the “big room” production – a dramatic, full number that rocks. “Doubt” is slow, dark and layered, reaching to a cacophony of feedback towards the end but never dreary and “Lines In The Sand” veers towards a country-feel and is the most bare-boned of the four songs, with just guitar and vocals.
It’s these kinds of releases – the kind where thought, craft and musical ability are allowed to be and breathe – that I can sink my teeth into. Four songs is a very good place to start. And Brandon Cunningham has done a very, very good job with Giveout.
Giveout is available now