REVIEW album Jay Blanes Fireworks (E.P.)

Jay Blanes Shows Impressive Maturity With New E.P. 'Fireworks'

Fireworks (E.P.)

Jay Blanes

Originally from Barcelona, now living in London, Jay Blanes cites his influences as including Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Damien Rice – all of which (and more) can be heard across this outstanding 5 track EP. However, what Blanes has created is far from a rehash of the above, he has his one unique but unashamedly commercial sound.

Opening with the title track, ‘Fireworks’ – it’s a melancholy and delicately beautiful offering, and dare I say, the perfect indie-folk-rock ballad! It will no doubt warrant repeated plays over the coming months. Second track ‘Natalie’ has a slightly more hopeful, upbeat vibe– but is just as well crafted, while Jay’s warm vocal & violins on the stunning ‘There Was a Song’ recall cult chamber-pop/indie heroes, My Life Story.

‘Take You Home’ is a spritely pop outing with a big sing-along chorus and a lovely touch of piano. And closing the EP is the soaring, gorgeous ‘I’m Sorry’ - telling the painful tale of a failed relationship the second time round. Long after the final note, this song sends tiny ripples of emotion through your soul.

At just 22 years old, Jay Blanes songs already have an impressive maturity and beauty to them, something that hasn’t escaped the attention of his swathes of social media fans - who clearly know a good thing when they hear it. The Fireworks EP is an outstanding musical treasure, and more than enough to put a smile on any music fans face.