Birmingham, Alabama native Tanner has lived through so much at such a young age and he successfully incorporates realistic and empowering life experiences into his writing that can be compared to those of Anthony Kiedis and Nikki Sixx. While he’s a lot more in the indie alternative genre than the aforementioned, he still wields undeniable potential that is showcased in his debut self-titled EP.
In Tanner, each song has a gritty emotional appeal in some way or form with a combination of intricate, stadium-worthy instrumentation and charisma that differentiates himself from other singer-songwriter types. Imagine Beck with a higher voice or Gavin DeGraw when he was actually considered a rock artist back in the day and you’ve got Tanner!
The EP starts off with the utterly infectious track that plays around with funky guitar riffs with a hint of keyboards and tambourines “Come Alive” followed by his modern speakeasy half love song/half ‘why don’t you love me anymore?’ song “Where You Go.” Smack dab in the middle is the sudo intstrument-vocal duet between himself and, well, himself called “Satellite.” He successfully finds a way to harmonize his echoing voice to the guitars and pianos, and the drums appear at the perfect moment only to add power to literally the last minute of this ballad.
Rounding out the second half of the EP include the mature, young adult version of what can normally be seen as a song written for a crush “Lonely Girl,” and the hipster-trying-to-be-sexy tune “Slow Release.” Tanner ends with ethereal and soulful melody “Mend.”
Tanner showcases an artist who has the ultimate goal of providing the world with music that can resonate with anyone on a personal journey. Although the songs were a little on the shorter side (only one was over 3 minutes long)each one transitioned from cheery and upbeat to mysterious and somber with ease. This debut EP proves his star potential and it will without at doubt become more apparent with the release of a full length album in the future.