Review Summary: It could have been a good EP if Eddy had let somebody else sing.
Do everything yourself music may be a daunting task for most of the artists going down that road. Eddy Yang, the Asian American guy from LA and his “A New City” EP is a perfect example.
Although from LA, Eddy was fascinated with New York on his first visit to the city and decided to devote the five songs here to his experience, of not only discovering a new place and sensations it creates, but also the discovery you encounter on your personal journey.
And almost everything works here. Almost. Eddy is well versed with the studio techniques, his songwriting is good, on the border of modern alt-rock Kurt Vile style and alt-pop Churches style, adding some nice touches to his songs like the saxophone on “Release Me”. He also is no stranger to modern beat techniques, adding enough of this as not to overpower the songs. while “In The City” has a nice Bruce Springsteen vibe.
But maybe one thing Eddy should not do himself is the vocals. Simply put, Eddy’s vocals are neither good or particularly bad, just not distinctive enough to make his material shine as it would with a really good vocalist. Male or female.
What could have been a really good, poppy EP is marred by Eddy’s average vocals. Maybe it would be best for Eddy to get himself a band or at least team up with somebody who can do better vocals.