EP REVIEW: “Gentle Bones” by Joel Tan (aka Gentle Bones)
It’s a sunny afternoon – a perfect weather to enjoy the soulful voice that is Joel Tan aka Gentle Bones. Produced and mixed by the acclaimed producer Roland Lim, this self-titled debut EP consists of 5 songs filled with sincere messages written in a unique blend of folk, pop and rock.
Like a bicycle losing speed, “Elusive” continues gently from the upbeat first track. This love song features melancholic notes that’s combined with overlapping layers of voices and slight echoes in his voice that has the number hit home as you feel the confusion and frustration of a lover slipping away while Joel whispers tunes of his heartache.
In stark contrast, “Settle Down” is an anthem for days of wallowing in your own misery. Probably the most heartfelt song in the EP, there’s almost nothing to distract you from the wistful and high-pitched vocals. However this doesn’t last for long, because in true Gentle Bones fashion, more instruments and vocal harmonies marry into a fast-paced melody.
While the sunny weather outside remains unchanged, every song on this EP is a ticket to a memory for any individual. Gentle Bones is one inspiring musician worth your attention with his clever marriage of heartfelt lyrics and emotions, surprising manipulation instrumentals, and a delicate sentimental voice.
In short, if you find Ed Sheeran as pleasing as Joel did, you’d definitely enjoy listening to this self-titled work.
(Or in Li Zhen’s case, singing “Darling we will sing until we die…” days after her first listen)
Gentle Bones is available on iTunes.
Featured photo by Isabelle Chan; courtesy of Gentle Bones