The EP is a musical representation of the path traveled by those mourning the loss of love. The listener journey’s from the destructive emotions of “TEST” to the questioning acceptance of “RAMPART”. There’s a theme of human hollowness that shows up time and again throughout the EP’s lyrics. In “TEST”, Saro sings: “I can see underneath that you’re hollow, when you leap from the edge I will know not to follow.” This concept is again displayed in “TWO SUNS”: “Don’t wallow in puddles of spit, how hollow can someone get…” The imagery isn’t pleasant, at times even graphic. It gives the tracks some grit and is a nice offset to the smooth backdrop Saro creates.
In addition to the lyrics, the composition plays a part in telling a story. The intro track “LUSH” provides a mysterious ambient to lead the listener into “TEST”. The loud airy synths of “ENVY” along with ocean waves create the perfect scene a thirty-second timeout. The track is a break from the rest of the release, and Saro becomes candid about being unsure about it all. This sets the stage for the very last track “RAMPART”. Taken together as a whole, the composition allows for an expertly crafted flow between tracks, and makes the music that much more expressive.
On “In Loving Memory EP”, Saro proposes an expertly crafted thematic flow with a solid composition.
As with most releases concerning breakups, the how-do-I-move-on theme can get a little cliche at times. In the track “LOOKING”, Saro sings, “Love is pain, solemnly I believed you and me would make it to the grave.” As emotional as the sentiment is, it’s one we’ve all heard a bit too often. Given the caliber of the rest of his music, I would’ve expected something at least slightly more creative from the songwriter.
Saro has created a piece of emotional artwork. “In Loving Memory” travels through mourning in a fresh and expressive seven-piece work. Barring the dispersed moments of cliches, this is an EP worth a few listens.