EP Review: ‘Text Me When You Get There’ by Holly Rees
Durham Dales-born singer songwriter Holly Rees just released her Live EP ‘Text Me When You Get There’ recorded at her full-band headline show at Think Tank? Underground in Newcastle last year.
The collection features five indie-folk songs ranging from slow and thoughtful to more fast paced tunes.
‘Toast’ opens the EP with applause and cheering, it is a live recording after all, and I’m immersed in its highly energetic atmosphere from the very first second. The song itself thrills with soft guitars that lend the spotlight to Holly’s warm voice. It’s a perfect pick-me-up song for days when life seems a little bit harder.
Play ‘Toast’ to your best friend or significant other, to anyone who needs to hear that they’re a work of art.
‘Better’, the first single that was released from the EP, picks up the tempo and uses the full-band set-up to its advantage. I can clearly tell that the band had a great time performing this song and the audience clapping along to the rhythm is a wonderful addition.
For an in-depth review of ‘Better’ head over here. James did a great job at capturing the song’s energy and I have nothing more to add.
The EP continues with another slow track. ‘Arms’ is a wholesome love song about the beginning of a relationship that describes the excitement and confusion of the early stages of dating. But the good news is love is not a race, so we have all the time in the world to figure it out.
The stripped back guitar riffs and dreamy melody perfectly compliment Holly’s voice and, even after listening to it a hundred times writing this review, it still makes me close my eyes and breathe deeply.
After we’ve had a little breather, ‘His Thermos Song’ picks up the tempo again, in the form of a high energy track that invites you to dance.
I’ve always found it hard to resist a good drum beat and this one is dangerously infectious. ‘His Thermos Song’ will make you get lost in the rhythm, so much so that I’ve still not quite figured out its theme because I’m too busy nodding along to actually listen to the lyrics.
Last but not least, ‘Felt Something’ closes the EP and very fittingly starts with the crowd chanting “one more song” and one voice in particular calling Holly out for making everyone cry. I personally love that they kept this bit of audience interaction on the record because it truly makes the listener feel as if they were part of the experience.
The song itself is a heartfelt acoustic ballad about sharing a magical moment with another person that leaves you with undeniable emotions:
“I don’t always feel something, but I felt something then”
It’s the most thoughtful and possibly the most heart-wrenching song on the EP.
Holly’s clear, soft voice hits a spot that may just be a little too close to home, especially when she raises the intensity of her tone during the chorus.
That wraps up the EP but if you have purchased ‘Text Me When You Get There’ through Holly’s Indiegogo campaign to get her to Canadian Music Week festival, you’re in for a special treat: an exclusive Bonus track!
To not spoil the surprise, I’m just going to say this: it’s a break-up song with a sassy twist and you’re majorly ‘missing out’ if you sleep on it…
‘Text Me When You Get There’ is the perfect mix of slow and up-tempo songs. From the crowd reactions, it’s clear to see that Holly captivates audiences with her sound and the stories she tells through her music.
As someone who often prefers live performances over recorded music, this EP is absolutely perfect.
Live vocals are a powerful tool and I can’t count the times Holly’s voice gave me chills. But above all, the EP is a genius way to promote her live shows.
You will most definitely find me at the next one and I hope I’ll be seeing you there too!
Holly isn’t just wowing us here in her home country, she’s currently touring Canada too, including the prestigious Canadian Music Week festival in Toronto…but she a little help!
You can help her reach her destination in Toronto, and get yourself a snazzy deluxe edition of the EP, by following the link here.
Cover photo: Will Gorman