This Alek Grey article was written by Natalie Whitehouse, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson. Lead photo by Tommy Janson Bredesen
Impressive and bordering on anthemic, the debut EP ‘Souls’ from Norwegian singer songwriter Aleks Grey allows him to test the musical waters, and leaves the listener eager for what else he may have in store for a full-length album.
Kicking off the five-track EP is ‘Feel Alive,’ which draws us in with its instantly uplifting sound. A pounding drumbeat is met with fierce and proud vocals from Grey; joined by a plethora of stunning backing singers for a seriously powerful introduction to this debut EP.
‘Unstoppable’ follows; with talk of a “war” and a “storm raging.” Drums are used once more to build up to a stunning chorus, which sounds as if it could have been plucked straight from a musical – which is fitting, as Grey is no stranger to the stage; having been in several productions whilst also perusing his career in the music industry.
And you can see why he suits the stage just as much as the recording studio: his voice is poignant and powerful; it’s the most impressive element of the EP and quite rightfully at the forefront of each of the five tracks. Even the production behind ‘House,’ which uses synth and delicate piano to build up to a finale infused with electronica vibes, is still unable to take anything away from the vocals.
Piano track ‘Save Me’ is complete with soft backing vocals to juxtapose Grey’s compelling lyrics, and it is stunning. Then, the EP’s closer ‘Storm’ ramps up the volume and the tempo ten fold; with crashing instruments and dynamic lyrics, it leaves nothing left unsaid. All of Grey’s energy is seemingly spent.
The ‘Souls’ EP is an incredibly impressive debut from Aleks Grey; who experiments with various types of songs and tempos to showcase his – and his band’s – exciting ability, which should be more than enough to leave listeners wanting a full LP as soon as possible.