How the Day Sounds
Greg Laswell’s past few years can be summed up with his debut album and this EP. The bridge between Through Toledo and his next full-length album coming out July 8, How the Day Sounds is a beautiful wake-up call for anyone who has gone through a divorce. If you heard Laswell’s debut, you heard a broken man who was fighting to figure out what to do next — How the Day Sounds is the breakthrough for Laswell.
The title track opens the EP with a renewal, Laswell realizing that everything will be okay and the future is brighter than ever. Laswell muses, “everything that I knew of love/ I was a long, long way off/ …Join me in welcoming the sun/ It’s much brighter than the night I hid in/ And I think I like how the day sounds/…Through this new song.”
“High and Low” is a gorgeous anthem to the manic depression that can accompany the feelings associated with breaking up. “Found a letter from a man I might have met/ Addressed to you/ and I’ll steal the words he ended with: ‘I miss you’/ And I do/ Miss you/ and I do look high and low for yesterday.” The best part of the song is that two-and-a-half minutes in, it completely changes from an atmospheric piano ballad to a grander, almost Coldplay-esque ballad with an orchestra (the Edison String Section, to be exact).
How the Day Sounds is the perfect therapy session for anyone going through a divorce. Greg Laswell has made a 24-minute awakening for himself and for the rest of us; we get to reap the benefits. It’s like the extra disc to Beck’s Sea Change and well worth the listen.
Greg Laswell: www.greglaswell.com