So remember that song that played like all the time in 2008 because it was so deep and insightful called “Hollywood Is Not America?” Well, Ferras, the LA bred singer-songwriter who sings that, is officially Katy Perry‘s first signed artist to her new label Metamorphosis Music and his new self-titled EP is definitely far from what was on his debut album Aliens & Rainbows.
Its opening track/current single “Speak In Tongues” is very much a melancholy pop song that’s not exactly danceable (almost like a slowed down version of Demi Lovato‘s “Neon Lights”). While its lyrics tell of how he hopes to revert back to the intimacy that he and his lover have had through its pre-chorus and especially through its chorus, there is an obvious lack of vocal depth and he only showcases his talent for a handful of verses at the end.
“No Good In Goodnight” is just another one of your average pop songs with weird background gibberish and a subject focusing on taking someone home with you. This song in particular is trying way too hard to be pop on a musical scale, but Ferras infuses slight R&B vocals that he didn’t show in his debut album. He redeems himself with the EP’s 3rd track “Champagne”, a harmony focused tale of a lover scorned that’s not trying too hard to be a dance track.
Once the halfway mark of the EP hits, Ferras doesn’t resort to overly generic pop beats and simple lyrics in his final tracks “King of Sabotage” and “Legends Never Die” (feat. Katy Perry). The former is a beautiful, atmospheric slower track that has a very Adam Lambert-esque feel to it vocal range while the latter is a pseudo-duet that is by far the closest to his music of Aliens & Rainbows. Both have equally honest and emotional lyrics, “KoS” deals with having to give up on someone you really care about and “LND” discusses believing in yourself when the world is against you. It’s definitely a toss up between those two tracks for best song.
Ferras’ self-titled EP is certainly different from his “Hollywood Is Not America” days and sounds a little more like that of Blake Lewis or Mike Posner than his previous quirky pop-rock style. He’s a great example of an artist that changed his style for the sake of staying modern and relevant to the times. As a pop/dance EP on its own, it has all the makings of great radio and club hits, but if you knew Ferras before it’s kind of hard to wrap your head around this complete 180 change in his musical style. Honestly, he doesn’t showcase his talent all that much in this EP, which is a damn shame. However, he does show the listener just how much he can accomplish vocally with each song that passes and hopefully he doesn’t go overboard with the electronic-y sounding music if and when he releases a full album.