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EP review: Older by Simon Imrei

Simon Imrei (Older EP - Cover Art).jpgEarlier this year Victorian singer-songwriter Simon Imrei released a single called ‘Stand Still’, which was endorsed on this site as ‘easy to listen to’ – a compliment that is taken as a pejorative by some people but which is not at all, because writing a song that is easy to listen to often involves the ability to not only hone but ruthlessly edit melody and lyrics in order to produce something that is accessible to a broad range of people. When an artist produces something that is ‘easy to listen to’ they tend to be audience focused, thinking of the best way they can communicate clearly with others.

Now that Imrei has released a new EP, Older – which contains ‘Stand Still’ – it’s clear that communicating with an audience is a priority for him. The EP contains five songs that are sweet and bittersweet, thoughtful, and clear in what they’re expressing – and all of that applies to the music as well as the lyrics. Imrei has an ear for a catchy melody, and that is a talent as well as a skill. Imrei’s bio states that he grew up on the Mornington Peninsula, and spent his childhood ‘riding in the back of cars along tree-lined roads and through quiet towns listening to the catchy choruses and the pop sensibility of 80s/90s radio’. So it’s likely that’s partly what led to his melodic skills and also his ability to create songs that conjure that sense of distance and space that comes from travelling around the Australian countryside.

What that doesn’t account for, though, is his voice, which sounds like it’s smooth – although that implies smoothed out, whereas it’s actually full of nuance. It’s the sort of voice that could sing you the side of a cereal box and you’d be content, but that’s not to take away from rewards that are to be found in listening closely to the lyrics of this very satisfying, accomplished EP. Imrei has developed and fully inhabits both parts of being a ‘singer-songwriter’ and that is to the very great benefit of the listener.

Older is out now.

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Single release: ‘Stand Still’ by Simon Imrei

Simon Imrei (Stand Still - Cover Art).jpgVictorian singer-songwriter Simon Imrei has been a touring member for several bands, including Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, and last year released his sophomore album The Sum of Scenes to great acclaim. His new single, ‘Stand Still’, is taken from a forthcoming EP. The first thing to say about it is that it is oh, so easy to listen to – and that is a very enthusiastic compliment. When a song is easy to listen to it invariably means that its creator and everyone who’s had their hands on it, including the singer, the musicians, the producer and sound engineer, have wanted to make sure that the listener has a great experience. But that intention starts with the creator, who, in this case, is also the singer.

‘Stand Still’ is a song about heading down the coast with someone, living out of an old suitcase and, basically, taking the time to stand still. The execution of the song reflects the meaning of the lyrics – it feels laidback, almost cosy, like an invitation to be still. That’s no doubt why it’s so easy to keep it playing in a loop – each listen perpetuates those feelings.

Listen to ‘Stand Still’ on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Soundcloud | Spotify

Imrei will be launching the single with his acoustic band at the Merri Creek Tavern in Melbourne’s Northcote on Saturday 18 May, with special guests Louie & The Pride. Tickets are on sale now from the venue website: www.merricreektavern.com.au

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