REVIEW: Morgan Evans EP

It’s the height of summer, and you’re on the road trip of your life, either with your best partner, or best friends. Shades on, volume up, there’ll be the first of many parties later. What better soundtrack than the Morgan Evans EP?

Released on 10th August under Warner Brothers Nashville, the eponymous EP is a taste of new music to air in the Autumn.  I heard these five tracks played for the first time at Evans’ appearances on the Radio 2 Stage, and then the Spotlight stage, at C2C earlier this year, played alongside his American band, the infamous pedal loop.  Engaging from the start, the shows highlighted the Australian-born and Nashville-based singer-songwriter as a talented music creator.

Day Drunk, the great opening title of this EP, suggests ‘happy hour, on the hour’, and is likely to become as legendary at festivals as Little Big Town’s Day Drinking.  I’ve been singing it, ‘in the kitchen, in the shower’ since I first heard it at C2C in March.

Next up is American, undoubtedly the inspiration behind the EP, which offers insights into Evans’ appreciation for his adoptive country, particularly with the juxtaposition of Norma Jean and Marilyn Monroe, the classic American icon placed as a metaphor for the blonde haired muse, whose ‘body moves like Bourbon Street in New Orleans’.

Actually, if you’re not a fan of alcohol then you might not see the charms within this EP, where Evans is definitely drunk on love, and not in a soppy way, but in a way-to-go way.

A veteran of the firework burst that is an EP (this is his 4th, since winning a recording trip to Nashville at Australia’s Road to Tamworth), Evans has an uncanny ability to musically punctuate his life’s experiences.

Next up is the matrimonially inspired, I Do, but listen carefully to the lyrics, and you’ll understand the smart song writing skills that earned Evans a co-write on each track, ‘no one sees the side of you/That I do’…that I can’t believe I opened my eyes too/But I do.’  It could do for Morgan Evans what Die a Happy Man did for Thomas Rhett.  And certainly, also on a lot of wedding play lists for years to come.

The penultimate track, Kiss Somebody, a top ten country airplay hit already, covers the heartbroken market in a typically upbeat Evans way.

Rolling Stone called Day Drunk buzz-inducing, and they’re spot on about the track and the performer.  I can’t wait until more music from Morgan Evans is released later in the year.  Whether you’re single or loved up, this EP is epically infectious and you can’t help but love it – I do, I do; you will, you will.

I hope the new music reflects the final track, and my favourite, Young Again, offering imagery such as, ‘neon rhythm in my hands and my feet.’  The nod to an Irish ceilidh reminds us, ‘so what the clock says three am?’ We’ll never be this young again, and I suspect Evans means whether you’re twenty or ninety, keep the party going as long as you can.

Pass the shots.

Emma Jordan
@dgtlwriter