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EP Review: Dru Chen – Intentions

August 11, 2014 by
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Intentions EP

Intentions is the latest EP from Melbourne’s rising star Dru Chen. It is early days in Dru’s career but he’s certainly made a strong start that is bound to draw attention. He has a voice that will turn heads and his vast musical talent is not only impressive but admirable.

All five tracks on the EP were composed and performed by Dru, and almost all instruments were played by the man himself. He is extremely talented and a true artist, which is also evident in his heavy involvement in the creative process of the EP artwork.

The opening track will immediately bring listeners to their feet with the rhythmic and up-lifting You Bring Out The Best In Me. This is followed by the stand-out track, Lovelight. The synths are reminiscent of the 1980’s new wave sound, while the keyboard adds a charming touch. Turnaround showcases a variety in Dru’s vocal range and contains a catchy guitar hook that will pull listeners in. The song channels the essence of the funk master himself, Prince.

While the first half of Intentions appeals to the positive and fun-loving listener, the final two tracks disclose a deeper and sensitive side. The emotive Involved is the most revealing track on the EP. The lyrics are moving while the echoing synths in the background add emphasis. The closing track is the soulful Trainwrecks, which has a gradual and poetic start that builds towards a great finish. There is a lovely string composition within the song. The violin is also played by Dru himself. It is a fitting end to the EP.

A definitive modern funk EP, Dru Chen’s Intentions provides a youthful spirit yet inspired sound that is both engaging and entertaining.

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