Need a dirt-cheap vacation to somewhere warm and sandy and not soul-sucking? Plug in to Colin Week’s little gem of an EP, Magic. This four-song, pop-soul release is as smooth as a baby’s bottom and will help remedy the impending winter blues.
“Island Double” gets the vibes rolling. These vibes roll like the waves onto shore: gracefully, smooth, splashy, and nice-sounding with a dialed single-coil guitar tone brings that reggae funk to the party. Drums and added hand percussions help the beat bop to the tropical rhythm. Washy backup vocals are angelically sprinkled across the EP, courtesy of Sara Shields-Rivard and Helena Dardelet.
Welcome to the resort. You have arrived. You’re soaking in the tasteful heat and welcomed breeze. Drop your things off in your room, change into your bathing suit, and head down to the beach. “Coconut Supreme” will now take you by the hand and prescribe you the vibe. Beach kickbacks, Piña Coladas, sand in your toes, and the motherfucking ocean? Yes, please! A xylophone weaves through the soundscape of the silky rhythms and whispering backup vocals. Even with all these tasty layers put into the song, there is still an exuberant amount of headspace for your mind to float out into. Credit for that is given to Philip Shaw Bosa, the engineer and percussive glue of the project.
However, nobody goes on vacation without taking some serious downtime to ponder the deeper waters of their well. “I’m On Your Side” keeps the tropical breeze blowing, but changes the mood to something a little bit more somber and heartfelt. Late-night beach fire perhaps? A heartfelt sentiment is swept up by the warm breeze, and it is a wind that is very much welcomed this time of the season. Don’t get too sappy though, the trip’s not over yet.
The title tracks swoops in last but not least to have you flying away from your trip with all the warmth in the world seemingly stashed in your chest. You cannot deny that the party is over. You’re on your way home, you’ve done the vacation. All that remain are the extremely fresh memories and emotions that you can’t help but drown yourself in: happy, good, beautiful.
Written by Ben Cornel
*edited by Kate Erickson