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Mary Magpie Hits repeat For One Man Band The Rocket Summer

The Rocket Summer

You Gotta Believe EP
October 27th, 2009
Island Records

The second I purchased the four song EP from The Rocket Summer, I plugged it in and put it on a minimum volume so as not to disturb my household.

As soon as I heard the beginning of “You Gotta Believe”, I turned it up MUCH louder.

The same classic Rocket Summer that I fell in love with before was still in my ears, but this EP has showed me he’s matured. Sure in “You Gotta Believe”, he hits a pretty high note, but musically Dallas  one man band Bryce Avery aka the Rocket Summer,  has evolved. You can hear that perfectly in “Hills and Valleys” as he pumps out a beautiful piano melody followed by a clapping rhythm and harmony. (What’s with the high notes???) I have to say that is truly my favorite song, but “Light” is a close second. The beat is one that causes me to turn up  the volume as I walk off the bus to the beat of my own drum (well, not my own but let’s not get technical).

The closing track is one that I’ve realized I’m totally hooked on, the way Bryce sings the line “It’s silent tonight, I’m trying to wrap my head around if everything will be alright” and have caught myself hitting the restart button multiple times just to hear that one part. His voice is easy to sing along to as well as admire. He is one of my influences as a musician and song-writer. It’s on “Repeat” on my bedtime playlist. By far the best EP I have purchased in a while.

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