I am often grateful for the position I have with Bucketlist Music Reviews. It allows me to take shots of some of my favourite bands and has the incredible perk of allowing me to discover new music every single month. I have fallen in love with some amazing albums, despised others, put others on heavy rotation in my music library, but rare are the times where I’ve been completely mesmerized by an album.
I must have listened to In Hiding by Andrew Malynowsky a thousand times before I wrote a single line about it. Every time the last song ended, I would start the EP again. After three days, it became a compulsion, but every listen of the five song release felt fresh. I noticed something else every single time; it’s been a whole week and I still haven’t gotten sick of it. Not even a little bit.
So, what exactly makes Andrew Malynowsky’s release so sublime? If melancholy could be injected into an album and emotionally destroy you from within, In Hiding would be the medicine of choice.
This EP will not make you feel warm inside. If anything, it might leave you rocking back and forth on the floor, but I’m a sick individual and have a soft spot for music that leaves me feeling like I have been emotionally eviscerated. Though it won’t make you feel warm and fuzzy, what Malynowsky’s early summer release will do is impress you thoroughly.
From the first few notes of “Waiting for Nothing,” the first song on the EP, Andrew Malynowsky stuns with the maturity of his voice (despite his very young appearance) and the bluesy, bayou flavour of his particular brand of folk music. Every song is beautifully written, and with the use of instruments like the harmonica, the harp, the piano, and the violin, the young, singer-songwriter has created a distinct and sorrowful sound that is inimitable.
“Blink of an Eye” is a bohemian hymn about doing what you love, and it will resonate with every person who has ever thought about quitting everything and moving abroad to explore and hone their art. “Next to Me” is the love song every person who has ever had doubts about a relationship deserves to hear. To me, however, the crown jewel of the EP is “La Torera.” It’s a powerful song about two lovers’ final battle to get their love back which, even after a solid week of listening to that album over and over, still gives me chills.
In Hiding plays for just a little over twenty minutes, and not a single second of that album is filler. Every single note, every word, every note of every bar has its rightful place, and though the album will leave you feeling like an inanimate object has broken up with you, it is well worth a listen… or a thousand.
Written by Kai Robidas
*edited by Danielle Kenedy