The EP opens strong, with her recently released single “Feel It Out”. The cricket sound counting out the eighth’s gives a relaxed feeling, evoking memories of late nights on the front porch. The synth in the background blends well with the choice of base, and the piano additive provides an occasional break from the heavy backbeat. If we’re being honest though, there’s been a lot of this style coming forward lately, such as with TRACE’s newest release. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but doesn’t feel innovative – she’s a bit late to the show.
As Loren North’s EP moves forward, I can’t help but feel as if I’ve heard all of this before. The influences of Lana Del Rey become increasingly apparent as the EP continues. The lyrics are consistently uninspired, with generic phrases marring any chances at decency. With lines like, “Maybe we thought we could get it working” and, “Just wanna know what’s on your mind”, Ms. North’s lyrical soul starts to feel pretty basic. I really would’ve liked to see some of Loren’s church choir background come out and help her break from the crowd. Instead, she’s opted to follow the path already tread by so many others.
The underwhelming and derivative sound of Loren North‘s “Starlight EP” becomes frustratingly dull when accompanied by generic lyrics.
Overall, the “Starlight EP” feels as if it’s just an extra tacked onto the single release of “Feel It Out”. The single is well composed, thought out, and executed with care. In contrast, the three new songs feel rushed and underwhelming. While in theory there’s a deeper story of breakup and overcoming, I don’t see it in the shallow nature of the presentation. It’s a symptom of the larger issue with the modern music industry. There is so much pressure on artist’s to release hit singles and one-hit wonders, that the story music tells is lost, and the art of the album is becoming a thing of the past. The “Starlight EP” is a reminder that, as a culture, we need to keep in mind the art of storytelling, and not forget our roots as music evolves.
Loren North catches our attention with her most recent single, but the full EP is largely a disappointment. The underwhelming and derivative sound becomes frustratingly dull when accompanied by generic lyrics. If she can go back to her roots and re-vamp her sound, there may be hope yet. For now though: steer clear.