LA-based performer Wrabel recently unleashed his ‘We Could Be Beautiful’ EP. Now David unleashes his review of it.
Back in 2014, Stephen Wrabel (better known by his stage name Wrabel) came to international attention with his huge Afrojack collaboration ‘Ten Feet Tall’. With a unique voice, it was hard not to get him out of your mind.
Not long after, he released his debut EP ‘Sideways’, which showcased not only his vocal talent but his songwriting skills.
Fast forward to 2017 and we’re treated to his second EP of original music. And it’s a welcome addition to the soundscape of this year.
Launched with first single ’11 Blocks’, it’s evident this EP is far more personal.
Telling the tale of living a short distance away from his first love and fighting the urge to reconnect, it’s both heartbreaking and completely relatable. The tune itself is an addictive ear worm which embeds itself in your head all day.
It’s one of my favourite songs of 2017.
Second single ‘Bloodstain’ amps up the heartbreak a little bit more, likening the demise of a relationship to, you guessed it, a bloodstain. Accompanied by a fairly dramatic video, it’s the most downbeat moment on the EP.
Title track ‘We Could Be Beautiful’ is another great moment; from its arrangement to Wrabel’s vocals, it’s a stunning track. The message here is clear… beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Based in America, it’s unlikely we’ll see Wrabel down under any time soon (hint hint), but I’d love to see him down here for Mardi Gras or the Vivid Festival one of these years as he’s got the talent to command people’s attention.
Combined with radio-worthy tunes, the five track ‘We Could Be Beautiful’ is a glimpse into the mind of a beautiful artist.
VERDICT : 4/5.
MUST LISTEN : 11 Blocks, We Could Be Beautiful.