EP REVIEW: Kevin Devine – No One’s Waiting Up For Me Tonight

Release Date: July 25th 2021
Label: Bad Timing Records
Website: www.kevindevine.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kevindevinemusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/kevindevinetwit

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2021 is set to be a bumper year for members of The Social Club, a Patreon group set up by Kevin Devine to reward fans of his music. The New York singer/songwriter has been working away on recording his tenth studio album, the follow up to 2016’s ‘The Instigator’, as well as preparing gigs to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his sixth album, ‘Between The Concrete And Clouds’.

On top of all of that, to keep his fans entertained for the rest of the year, he’s put out a compilation album, ‘Out In The Ether’, and now a new EP too called ‘No One’s Waiting Up For Me Tonight’.

The EP harks back to his early folk-rock days, but he also adds synthesisers, psychedelic electric guitars, and haunting background vocals behind his own acoustic guitar and voice to make an airy, ethereal record.The opening title-track exemplifies the description above, with the light instrumental giving more emphasis to his voice and his introspective lyrics, where he describes trying to find serenity in a world full of systematic chaos.

His lyrics across the EP paint pictures of both the bleak and the beautiful. In the hauntingly beautiful ‘I’ve Never Been Happier Than I Was In That Picture’, he reminisces over a past relationship, and finally accepts that it’s over with the line “It happened, it’s over / I love you, I miss you”.

On ‘Taking Shape’, he describes both a routine check-up at a dentist’s office, and warns us not to keep too firm a grip on the past or to carry the mistakes of the past with us.

‘No One’s Waiting Up For Me Tonight’ feels like a lullaby. One long, gentle lullaby. If you listen to it casually, it’s gentle enough to fall asleep to. The poetic lyrical work on the EP may paint a different picture, but when set to the music, it’s a relaxing listen.