As fans of Real Mr. Housewife know, I love good music, especially when it’s not mainstream. For that reason, I was very excited to get to review Ships Have Sailed’s upcoming new EP, Whispers. Ships Has Sailed is an electro-rock band that has garnered press from many major outlets including the Huffington Post. While I appreciate electro pop, I was most excited for this EP, as it features acoustic/stripped-down versions of some of their songs, and I’m a sucker for acoustic tunes. So how did it hold up?
Ships Have Sailed Whispers EP Review
The EP opens with Lucky, a song that immediately reminded me of some of the best acoustic numbers I’ve heard to date. I found lead singer Will Carpenter to have a great voice that definitely works with acoustic music as well as it works with electro-pop. I also loved the moody/eerie tone that the song had in it’s stripped down version, especially when the lyrics “as the world breaks you down, i’ll be standing by your side, i whisper, do you feel lucky?”
Out Of Time, which follows, sonically reminded me of an early Blessid Union of Souls song. While the song has a less eerie feel than it’s predecessor, the lyrics are what stand front and center here. When Carpenter sang, “I will not leave you, I won’t forget you, I want to let you in. Do you believe me? I will protect you when the dark is closing in” I immediately pictured the song working during an emotional TV moment a la the closing of a Teen Mom 2 episode. [You can check out this song here].
“Home,” another song on the album, was definitely the lyrical standout to me on the EP. While the song sonically sounds like the rest of the material due to the material here, the lyrics immediately drew me in from the first word, when Carpenter sang, “Bloody nose and a broken heart. We bleed no matter who we are.” I appreciated how contemplative and introspective the lyrics were and it made for a highly enjoyable listening experience.
The other two songs included on the Whispers are an extended- but still acoustic- version of Criminal, and the pretty closer Midnight.
Overall, with Whispers, Ships Have Sailed have made a major accomplishment, as they have crossed into a new genre and done so quite successfully. I would highly recommend this EP to fans of the band and fans of acoustic rock alike, as there’s much for everyone to enjoy.
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