Sean Skyler - Big Mistake EP
Record Label - Unsigned
Release Date - 24 January 2012
Many of us are unhappy with the current state of pop music, and that makes sense when there are plenty of musicians who seem to release the same rehashed, one dimensional pop sound album after album. But lucky for us, there are many aspiring musicians looking to change that current state of popular music. One of these artists is Chicago based musician Sean Skyler. His most recent offering, a 7 song EP titled Big Mistake, is a nice little gem that fills the void between rock and pop music. The Big Mistake EP is a rock driven, hook laden release but has enough pop attributes to make this a fun and extremely catchy release without losing the integrity of the music, like those other pop acts.
The EP kicks off with the tracks Just Drive and You Made Me Feel Like Dancing, the former track has a certain little giddy up to it that builds to a really catchy chorus, probably the most prominent chorus on the EP, the later features a nice little guitar riff in the beginning that leads the track into building a really great hook. However, neither of these songs are overly complex, theyíre just simple, fun tracks. This isnít a bad thing though, as they establish the overall fun, feel good theme of the EP.
The third track My Love is a highlight of the EP, a classic mid-tempo track about a girl. The lead and rhythm guitar really shine here and Skyler delivers his best and vocal performance on the EP and also his most personal lyrics heard on the release. His voice shines brightest in the chorus and just something so simple as perfecting the vocal mixing just takes the track to the next level. On that note, the production quality for this release is fantastic. A real credit to the band and production team.
Track five Feel Better is a little acoustic number which has a bit of a blues and roots feel with the twang heard in the lead guitar and backed up with a simple little drum beat. This song has a great uplifting theme and a creative arrangement from the band in the bridge towards the end of the track. This a nice fun poppy song that gives off a summery vibe, overall a very nice addition to this release.
The next song, the title track, Big Mistake is more of a mid-tempo number constructed around a heavy bass line and builds into a very anthem like feel. Skyler and his bandís songwriting prowess is heard to its full extent on this track as it is far and away the most complete song on the release. Every aspect sonically is combined and mixed on the perfect level to create the best example of the overall sound that Skyler wishes to create, thus making it arguably the best song on the album.
Overall, this EP is a great summery pop release. Itís not the same rehashed pop music that you would hear dominating the top 40 radio stations however this somehow works in Skylerís favour as the Big Mistake EP is very refreshing to listen to. The only criticism I can give is that I question where this music actually fits in on the spectrum of sound as it does fall into a category where it may be too pop for rock fans and too rock based that it may not engage with the larger pop audience, but this issue shouldnít take away from the fact that this EP is at the very least a fun and entertaining release.