As the title suggests, AJ Crawshaw ’s sophomore EP ‘In Light and Shadow’ is full of light and dark moments that wash over you in waves.
From the opening track Love The Changes, you are taken on an uplifting journey being carried along by the toe-tapping rhythm, memorable melodies, tasty guitar licks and gorgeous harmonies from Tamsin Corlett. Better Day (featuring Charles Davenport on cello) and Always (with Megan McCarthy singing BVs) are both so light-hearted and easy to listen to that it’s easy to hum along to the tunes.
With a style of Phillip Phillips meets James Blunt, and a hint of soulful Kiwi flair, Crawshaw delivers an expressive vocal performance on each track.
The culmination point of the EP comes during Benediction in which Crawshaw’s soulful voice draws you in so deeply that you can’t help but be overwhelmed by the raw emotion emanating from every word and dripping from every chord.
Recorded in the artist’s home studio and mastered by Geoff Duncan, ‘In Light And Shadow’ is raw and real, an EP with real instruments and real voices, recorded in a real and authentic way.