Somewhere is a vibrant modern record that takes inspiration from contemporary singer-songwriters such as David Gray, Ray LaMontagne and Damien Rice.
2 July 2021

By Vee D

Chris Short has released an emotive collection of songs, brought together and complied on his debut EP Somewhere. The Irish singer-songwriter’s earnest brand of folk-rock is exhibited faultlessly on the five-track record allowing Chris to showcase his soulful vocals while remaining true to his Irish roots.

EP opener Higher begins with intricately picked guitar, accented by Chris’ smooth vocals and a sampled beat adding an extra layer of nuance to an already poignant song. Consumed is a stripped-back bittersweet love song, as Chris emotes the line “I am consumed there’s nothing left of me’. A wistful, dreamy soundtrack, there’s an additional depth as Chris displays his talent for lyricism, tackling themes of love and loss we all can identify with.

The third track Flint & Steel acts as the EP’s intermission, as the gorgeously delivered female vocals of SJ Talbot offer a gentle juxtaposition to Chris’ sturdy vocal. Somebody is a bold penultimate track, finding Chris in bombastic form, as he passionately pours his heart out, hopeful and determined that we all need somebody in our life; a testament to Chris’ storytelling and songwriting ability. A remix of Higher finishes the EP in a dance-heavy finale, which feels out of kilter with the themes and tones of the EP as a whole.

Regardless, Somewhere is a vibrant modern record that takes inspiration from contemporary singer-songwriters such as David GrayRay LaMontagne and Damien Rice. Working closely with Beardfire Music, it’s no wonder the production values are spot on, with the label having had experience working with the likes of Nick CaveINXSLeslie Dowdall (In TuaNua), Mary BlackThe Cruel SeaCat PowerBilly Bragg and Lloyd Cole, to name but a few.

Somewhere is out now.