P.J. Pacifico - Overlooking the Obvious EP
Record Label: Viper Records
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2013
P.J. Pacifico is a Connecticut-based singer-songwriter who has an easygoing vocal delivery not unlike James Taylor or on a lesser scale, Peter Bradley Adams. His buoyant and breezy blend of sun-drenched folk-pop resounds in a big way on his new EP Overlooking the Obvious. Working alongside Chip Johnson of The Alternate Routes and Kit Karlson of Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, this concise collection is an absolute treasure.
Very much catering to the AAA formats, the disc opens with “Bend Til it Breaks,” a co-write with Garrison Starr that also features her inimitable vocals on both verses and chorus. Aided by twinkling pianos and sweetly affecting guitars it is an amiable and inviting opening salvo that sets the one perfectly for the rest of the EP. “Just Like a Lover” coasts on the bed of an airy organ and goes down smooth and easy. An ebullient slice of folk-pop it has a radiance and shimmer that shines from start to finish.
Taking a cue from the Ellis Paul songbook, Pacifico darts forth on the sun-kissed “This is My Heart,” a reflective and air-tight slab of roots pop that is confident, controlled and supremely polished. While Pacifico is adept at the mid-tempo collections, he is at his best on the downtempo efforts. The ethereal and slow-moving ballad “Walls” is equal parts gauzy, cottony and honeyed. Assuaging, solacing and deeply impacting, the song plays on Pacifico’s tender delivery and a supple sonic landscape. Those tones are repeated on the near-perfect “Let Go or Be Dragged,” which closes the EP. A piano-driven cut laden with honesty, “Let Go or Be Dragged,” is Pacifico’s golden ticket and the song that should certainly carry him forward in the months and years to come.
Though his future is probably in the singer-songwriter rooms of places such as Hotel Cafe, Rockwood Music Hall and Jammin’ Java, placement in various TV formats, movie soundtracks and opening gigs for marquee headliners does not seem out of the question. In fact, they seem almost certain. A few listens to Overlooking the Obvious proves exactly that.