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EP Review: Ainslie Wills 'Oh The Gold'

Golden indie girl Ainslie Wills just doesn’t stop at anything! I must say, her EP ‘Oh The Gold’ is a real treasure.

Since her career has been going upwards without any stops on the way, it’s not a surprise that she developed quite a personal style through these years. Before the actual release of the EP, Wills already revealed some tracks like ‘Drive’, which immediately took over JJJ’s charts, and ‘Hawaii’, a ballade with a strong sense of freedom. Whole EP definitely brings THE atmosphere along and gives time to chill and imagine yourself in a video-clip. One song calmly and clearly flows in another and hits with amazing explosion of bright sound every time you think it’s over. ‘Oh the Gold’ is gold. 

Starting with a very smart move by introducing the EP with ‘Drive’, the most fast-paced and rock-ish ,melody of the album, Ainslie immerses us in the wild world of epic tunes, which from the very beginning appear as a breath of fresh air. ‘Drive’ evolves all the way towards the end, creating this very special feeling of the road, movement, excitement. Wills’ powerful voice goes up and down, showing all its incredible aspects and genuinely follows into eargasming instrumental solo, which, in my humble opinion, works perfectly with Ainslie’s mild, yet strong vocals. Definitely is a “road-trip” must-have. 

Hawaii’ was that one song that fooled me on its first minutes. As I haven’t heard it before, I didn’t actually expect that bright, emotional splash of sound and feelings. The moment you prepare yourself to close eyes, imagine the Hawaiian beach or something, strong drum beat falls and continues with Ainslie’s deep, sensitive vocals. That’s the exact time, when the heart-beat ridiculously increases and the butterflies appear. That’s the time I realised, if the whole EP is as good as these two tracks, I’m in love.

Third song, ‘Constellations’ could easily become a soundtrack to another “Alice in Wonderland” remake or else. Relax and chill tunes, the combination of Will’s voice and sick instrumental part, sent to her by Lawrence Folvig does unbelievable things, right after you loose yourself in the track. Complete harmonic chaos brings us Ainslie’s childhood memories, as well as opens the opportunity to get the hell out of your mind and travel somewhere back in time. From about third minute, as vocals and instruments merge together, voice tunes into some magical whisper, I approve the thought I had on ‘Hawaii’: it is love. 

Never Know What To Say’ and ‘But I’ll Try’ look like a pause before the final storm, a bit electronically sounding pause. ‘Never Know What To Say’ makes one experience that intimacy with  the song, if you know what I mean. Despite absence of those unexpected instrumental detonations as in previous tracks, these two turn out to be as a warm and cozy blanket, which covers you and makes you feel just right. 

With a very-very sad title, last song ‘Sorry My Love’ starts in a high key, Ainslie easily continues her magic of lullaby, slowly lulling the vigilance. Just when you attempt to think it’s the end of sweet murmuring, a loud intervention of drums and chaotic melodies comes in, as if it is saying: “You haven’t seen the last of me!”. Frankly speaking, this tune reminded me of mighty Queen and their 'Bohemian Rhapsody', and this reminder is never a bad sign. 

Soft and warm finish, like a whipped cream on the waffle top makes you feel positive and relieved, though I, myself, can’t yet figure out from what.

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