Nine months since the release of his long player Buildings of Dreams, Jay Fraser has returned with this four track EP. This EP sees Jay delve head first into an epic country/roots journey. There is a heap of atmosphere packed into the music to make you feel like you are traveling around regional Australia. Jay’s distinctive vocals paired with a strong twangy vocal delivery makes each piece paint a vibrant picture and takes you along with the various characters being sung about.
Devil’s play is a dark country tune, with just an acoustic guitar and vocals Jay puts out a solid atmosphere that makes you feel like you are stranded in the outback in the middle of the night. The dark vibes continue with the harsh sounds of The dark wood, this sees the guitar become even harsher and Jay’s vocals rawer with an unnerving menacing edge. The taunting of Del Toro is a more laid back offering with a more melancholy delivery. Breaking the reins is a slower rootsy offering about a criminal fugitive that closes the EP with one last dark but epic journey.
This is a brilliant EP with each track full of vivid imagery and atmosphere. This is exactly how Australian country music should sound.