Trent Hancock
Ghostbird


3.5
great

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
December 14th, 2010 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nothing groundbreaking, just an accessible indie-pop debut EP executed with the style and grace of a seasoned musician.

Trent Hancock’s music has been described as a combination of folk, rock, and indie-pop. While he certainly appears to embody all of these genres in some fashion, his debut EP Ghostbird definitely shows a strong preference for the latter…and even that description is light on the indie and heavy on the pop. Excellent but simple songwriting is combined with flawless production to create an album that may not be wholly original, but thrives on a polished sound that paints the picture of an artist who is bursting at the seams with mainstream potential.

Ghostbird is by no means an indie album in terms of the style that the genre indie-pop implies – instead it is sleek, it is refined, and it goes down smoother than medicine and a spoonful of sugar. The opening track “Falling Faster” makes an immediate case for Hancock’s pop sensibility and tune sense, with an absurdly catchy but heartfelt chorus of “I need to know, cause I’m falling faster / Fallin’ faster all the time / Might never reach what I’m chasing after / But who’s to say I can’t try?" The lyrics may be riddled with clichés, but they are also very relatable, and the emotion exuding from Hancock’s vocals make some of those worn ideas feel new again. Ghostbird mostly follows in the footsteps of “Falling Faster”, as songs like “Me and You” and “Lost My Way” continue to demonstrate this young musician’s knack for creating elegant, refined pop songs that do just enough to satisfy the listener’s yearning for a true indie or folk experience.

From an instrumental standpoint, Ghostbird is nothing to write home about – simple acoustic strumming is what drives most of the tracks, with the occasional string section or emphasized drum beat to highlight an emotional moment in the music or a particularly sentimental section of lyrics. “Strong Hands” portrays these qualities the most, and it also executes them better than any other song on the EP manages to. A pitter-patter drum beat kicks things off along with some subtle acoustic picking, before Hancock’s wide-ranged vocals once again become the central focus, allowing his soothing, sensitive serenades to lead the way to a climactically soulful chorus. Following it up is a swelling violin that captures the importance of the moment. A gimmick? Perhaps…but it is one that is executed skillfully and tastefully on “Strong Hands”, just as it is on all of Ghostbird.

Trent Hancock is not reinventing the wheel on his debut EP, and that most likely was never his intention. Ghostbird should be observed as a sample platter of what this young artist has to offer, from the minor traces of folk and indie to what appears to be his natural forte: restrained, atmospheric pop. This EP will almost certainly strike a chord with you somewhere over the course of the six tracks…Hancock’s superb songwriting and heart-on-his-sleeve lyrics are just too relatable not to hit home at least once. Sure, he appears to be taking the less artistic, poppy road to fame – but that is no reason to condemn his efforts. He is good at what he does, and there appears to be plenty more where Ghostbirds came from. Furthermore, he is developing his indie-pop sound with class and musical maturity, something that will only earn him respect…even if he one day finds himself at the center of the mainstream music scene.



Recent reviews by this author
Yellowcard Lift a SailRobert Plant Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar
The Rentals Lost In AlphavilleLow Roar 0
Imogen Heap SparksThe Rosebuds Sand + Silence
user ratings (1)
3.5
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2010


16026 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty low key 75th review, but I didn't know what else to write about. This has been making frequent rounds on my itunes lately...pretty genuine pop music that I think most people would enjoy.

Digging: Yellowcard - Lift a Sail

Irving
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2010


7294 Comments


Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious review, Sowing. I was wondering when you'd do your next. With regard to this review, there's some merit to doing low-key, rather obscure releases...as I'm sure you very well know - you didn't make Contributor for nothing LOL =)

Now, I have a (rather random) question for you: where do you get your sources of information on new music from? Cause this guy sounds quite obscure, and you definitely didn't find out about him from Sputnik.

Digging: U2 - Songs of Innocence

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2010


16026 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/15

This is where I get almost all of my album streams from. I also get a good deal of music just by scrolling through recommended artists on itunes and pandora.

TheSpirit
December 14th 2010


17854 Comments


I'm really glad they gave you contrib status

Digging: Wreodan Heahl - Laecig

Irving
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2010


7294 Comments


Sweet - I'll hold on to the link.

I take it you're not a torrent/rapidshare kinda guy. If yes, kudos to you. I've gone broke several times myself trying to sustain the habit lol.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2010


16026 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the kind words guys.

And no Irving, I don't download any music illegally. It makes acquiring new music an expensive pain in the ass, and something that I usually only reserve for albums I really enjoy...But anyway, I always find ways to hear music without buying it or dl'ing it illegally.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2010


31174 Comments


Woah, slow down there contrib!

Digging: LV and Joshua Idehen - Islands

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2010


16026 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry Mr. Deviant : ( I have no self control or moderation

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2010


31174 Comments


Haha, nice write up btw

Jethro42
December 15th 2010


12440 Comments


Cool that; Supercalifragilistic is Supercalifragilistique in French. So I go with supercalifragilistique.
=]


Slum
December 15th 2010


2579 Comments


Excellent review, Sowing. Forgot the end quote on the lyrics in the second paragraph btw.

Have been finding lots of obscure indie stuff lately, this sounds like something I'd give a listen to

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
December 15th 2010


16026 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oops, thanks for pointing that out Slum

Phideaux
December 15th 2010


1654 Comments


Good review, Sowing. Might give this a listen. Though I can't stream at work and I don't have a computer at home at the moment. So that's making listening to new music difficult.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy