Nashville based, singer songwriter, Kiernan McMullan’s new ep, Company arrived in my inbox some weeks ago. This week I finally had time to sit down and listen to it, and I haven’t stopped playing the fives songs since.
All of the tracks on the ep have very sparse arrangements allowing McMullan’s spectacularly smooth vocal delivery to be the star of the show. The mainly acoustic sound puts me in the mind of Amos Lee or Tracy Chapman, as it seems to reside in a great place between folk and soul music.
McMullan is a very capable songwriter, which is evident on every song on this offering, but especially so on the opening track, “Kicking Rocks”, that laments the state of our society. As an added bonus, the second verse of this track features a rap by guest, Rico Sisney of the band, Sidewalk Chalk.
My other favorite on this one is the title track, a tale of a relationship born of comfort and convenience rather than love and admiration.
As an introduction to McMullan’s music, Company really does a superb job of selling the young singer, and I will certainly be checking out the rest of his releases in the near future. His website offers free downloads weekly and you can pick up one of his older records for only $1.00. I believe there will be a full length album this Fall to follow up on this ep and it will certainly be on my list to pick up upon its release.