Piano playing singer songwriter, Lexi Scherr’s “Spring 2012,” although standing somewhere between a song sampler and demo Ep, has been produced with care and empathy, it breathes easily and organically, resulting in a sunny surface that lets the lyrics and melodies radiate without excess sounds or beats clouding it.
Yes, this album has slow lovey-dovey songs, like “Honey” or “Tired of Falling,” but there’s something about those songs, the way they’re written, a manner which is simple yet effective, in the way that everyone can relate to them, to the stories she’s telling, which is rare to find in songwriting these days.
The Ep opens with “The Bomb” and is highly indicative of the album as a whole with its intelligent observations and jangly, radio-friendly melody. The song unleashes a moment of euphoric revelation, propelled with an almost heart beating urgency, that displays texture and individuality along with it’s colorful, instantly endearing hook which spells hit potential with a capitol P.
“Honey,” with its Arcadian, flamboyant melody and arrangement, is so intense it feels like it might absolutely burst from the pressure that Lexi manages to suppress inside it.
“Find You” is a solid and well-oiled infused slice of relentlessly catchy, mid-tempo piano pop, that has radio-friendly written all over it. The lyrics and melody sound blissfully wed and inextricable. As with most of the songs, not a single syllable is awkward or wasted, and not one moment is excessively noisy or cluttered.
“Strangers” is a kinetic, highly inspired, cheeky slice of thoughtful adult-oriented pop song craft, with it’s driving piano rhythms and Lexi Scherr’s vocals, which moves in-between the high and low notes with mathematical – though never mechanical – precision.
The brooding “Tired Of Falling,” is stirring with its downhearted contemplation and Lexi’s passionate vocals.
Most of Lexi Scherr’s peers are masterful at either lyrics or melody, but even the lesser moments of “Spring 2012” show that she is masterful at both of them. It is heartening to see an artist put such vested effort in, on a studio recording, aimed at being a sampler or demo at the most.
Lexi Scherr’s songs show that she is wise beyond her years, with a depth of understanding and perspective about the situations that life often dishes out to us. Her music is tasteful, well-assembled and very rich in feeling and texture. She has created a distinctive sound and knows how to put together a fantastic pop song.
Lexi Scherr is not only different, but she’s special, and we see that in her songwriting, and hopefully, will continue to see that in her future albums.
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