Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Is Your MP3 Player Begging for New Music? Check Out He Is We - My Forever

He Is We's story is the sort of tale that should begin with “Once upon a time…” In the summer of 2008, Rachel Taylor and Trevor Kelly went to work at Ted Brown Music Tacoma, Washington. Both felt like outcasts and while the other employees sold flutes and guitars, Rachel and Trevor became fast friends, confiding in each other and realizing they both were musically inclined. Their first collaboration was a track called “Such a Beautiful Sound,” written at a friend’s house,” and the transition from music store co-workers to band mates was a natural next step.

The duo’s quirky songwriting began to get attention when they posted “Pardon Me” online. At first the track got five or six plays a day; later it got thousands. So Rachel and Trevor wrote more songs and the musical connection between the two was apparent from the start.

By 2010 it was time for those fans to have more music than a few online songs. He Is We spent much of the year recording the ten tracks for their debut album with several producers. First with Casey Bates (Chiodos, Gatsby’s American Dream) at his Seattle studio, then with Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, Eisley) at his. Later the band flew to New York to record some tracks with Dan Romer (Ingrid Michaelson, Jenny Owen Youngs) and laid down a few more with Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta. Working with so many different producers created what the band feels is a sense of open-minded diversity on the record.

The final album, which was released digitally in November, is a delightfully eclectic collection of acoustic songs that shine with enthusiasm and passion. The album as a whole is lovely and inviting, easily accessible for any listener. The disc evolves that initial meeting in the music store to prancing pop songs that always leave you wanting more. “Making the album turned our little demos into exactly what we were hoping for,” Rachel says. “It made our little babies grow up into beautiful young songs.” This is where you’d expect the story to close with “Happily ever after.” But He Is We is just getting started. As Rachel says, “It’s only going to get better.”

What I Can Tell You:
I have a soft spot for duets! As someone who used to sing into her hair brush as a kid, I loved hearing a guy and girl voice blending together. Rachel and Trevor sound great together and would have loved to hear more of his voice on the CD (check him on track 2)

Forever & Ever - Very teenage feel like Taylor Swift. It was how we feel as teens. Everything is forever! I remember writing that on my notebook about every crush I ever had.

All About Us - This may be my favorite song on the CD. Very nice sound and catchy chorus. Will be singing this all night! "Lovers dance when they are feeling in love." Nice switch off on the vocals. It's a-a-all about u-u-us...

Everything You Do - Goddess' favorite song. Very chipper with hand clapping. "when you touch me, it's like the very first time!"

And Run - More clapping. "oh ah oh ah oh ah get the picture. I love the time changes in this song but didn't love it until the third time I listened to it.

Happily Ever After - I am not surprised that this song was the first video. The chorus is catchy the sound very youthful and radio appropriate for Top 40s. 'Oh happilty ever after, wouldn't you know? wouldn't you know? Oh skip to the ending who'd like to know I'd like to know". Ending with fist thrusting adolescent shouting." We all have our story to tell."

Kiss It Better - I love the yodeling! Truly one of the best on the CD!

Prove You Wrong - Reminded me of Avril who I love! Love the music as much as the lyrics.

Blame It On The Rain - Less angsty than Alanis and less gravel than Melissa but the same feel. "Tell me does she look at you the way I do? Try to Understand the words you say and the way you move." See the video here.

Love Life - Catchy and fun, "la, la, la, love life what's that?"

Fall - One of the my favorites on the CD! Nice time changes and vocals. Love the shifty beat!

This is not a flash in the pan. There is real talent here!! Putting the entire CD on my MP3 Player so I can listen in the car.

Catch He is We on tour in these cities.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentry CD from Sneak Attack Media for my honest opinon.

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