ARTIST : nothing, nowhere

ALBUM : One Takes Vol.1

LABEL : DCD2 / Fueled By Ramen

RATING : 9/10

WORDS : Malvika Padin 

Communicative and cathartic with stripped back, acoustic stylings, nothing, nowhere , aka musician/songwriter/filmmaker, Joe Mulherin’sfirst digital album One Takes Vol. 1,  gives listeners a peek into the darkest and lightest corners of his mind. A collection of his most popular tracks sans the usual noise, the 13-track album paints a picture of raw, intimate emotions in a mellow, minimalist soundscape. 

peeling back the layers of a familiar song can offer a completely new, unexplored perspective

Opening with a version of  ‘Hammer’ that’s slower, with a far more relaxing and delicate instrumental, the album jumps straight into experimenting with musicality and lyricism. The steady bass is replaced with strums of the guitar to tell a story of saddening loneliness and peaceful introspection, before giving way to soothing ambience of ‘Rejector’ and the heartfelt lyricism of a far more personal version of ‘One Takes’. 

While the stand-out, all-encompassing instrumentals of ‘Wooden Home’ juxtaposed against the strong vocals of ‘Ornament’ adds contentment to the mix of questioning and reflection explored within the album, tracks like  ‘Clarity in Kerosene’ prove how peeling back the layers of a familiar song can offer a completely new, unexplored perspective.

Delicate, fulfilling and tranquil in parts while dark, desperate and haunting in others, One Takes Vol. 1 is a familiar stranger

Where newest offering ‘Cherry Red’ is a stand-out track with refreshing, heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics that take a dramatic yet vulnerable dive into being a spectator in a friend’s spiral into alcoholism, other tracks like ‘Dark and ‘Never Meant’ explore diverse soundscapes with undertones of experimentation that is somehow infused with unique timelessness. 

Delicate, fulfilling and tranquil in parts while dark, desperate and haunting in others, One Takes Vol. 1 is a familiar stranger. It’s an album that soothes yet pokes at forgotten wounds, that lulls yet startles, that’s simple yet incredibly complex. 

One Takes Vol. 1 is out now.

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