Written by Lauren Rosier
The Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter, 1st Base Runner, returns with his sophomore EP, Ellis, available for listening on all platforms.
His last release, Seven Years of Silence, which I reviewed here, continues his “atmospheric” and “ambient” sound, but also expands his vibe with elements of indie rock, shoegaze, post-punk, pop, ambient, and electronic music.
The EP opens with the track, “Near Me,” which is an upbeat, indie-electronic tune with an electronic drum beat and catchy groove to go along it that will make you want to bop your head.
The second song, “Flux,” opens with an 80s vibe and the vocals definitely remind me of that era, but it also has a very modern, electronic, and ambient vibe.
“Numbers” illustrates his ornate ability to create songs that incorporate multiple different genres that allow him to be indispensable. The next song on Ellis is a sweet love song titled “WXW.”
On “WXW,” lead singer and brainchild behind the band, Tim Husmann, of 1st Base Runner sings, “if I could find the nerve/to tell you what you mean to me/if I could find the words/to tell how I feel for you/if I could find the nerve/to tell you what you mean to me…”
The last and final track on the EP is “Man Overboard.” It is a strong, electronic number with spacey vibes that remind me of floating through space or the “metaverse.” Its ambient, mellow vibe is perfect just chilling on a Sunday afternoon or just relaxing.
On Ellis, Husmann successfully creates a 5-song set of ambient, personal tracks that allow the listener into his world just a little bit more.
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