EP REVIEW: Ashlee + Evan – Ashlee + Evan 

In the mid 2000’s Ashlee Simpson dominated the charts with her angsty and honest pop-rock full of catchy hooks and served a whole lot of attitude. It has been 10 years since she released her third studio album ‘Bittersweet World’, so it’s safe to say that new music is respectfully long overdue. Luckily 2018 is seeing her change that with the birth of a new music project with her husband Evan Ross. Titled after their reality TV show (of the same name), Ashlee + Evan have compiled an experimental collection of tracks that hear Simpson like you’ve never heard her before. Stripped back and with a chilled RNB drive these songs bounce between doo-woop territory and seductive vibes. EP opener ‘I Do’ hears the two vocalists sweetly harmonising as they declare their love and devotion to each other. Lead by a electric guitar they add adds a bass, synthesiser and drums to elevate this sound. From there the seductive ‘Paris’ recounts a steamy trip they had together and with dark synths and vocal synthesisers you will be feeling the experimental vibes. ‘Tonic’ takes this sound and adds a groovy Daft Punk inspired layer that will have you instantly grooving and dancing along. This is the EP’s most upbeat moment. But it’s apparent that no genre is off limits with the blues inspired ‘Safe Zone’ where Evan’s vocals really shine and highlight a different vulnerability to Ashlee’s vocals that we haven’t really heard before. Closing the EP is the acoustic moment ‘Home’ which really compliments the simplicity of ‘I Do’ that we were first introduced to. Throughout the 6 tracks they take you on a intimate journey through their romantic highs and lows and whilst they do experiment with a couple of different genre influences, there is a distinctive cohesiveness that ties it all together. This showcases an incredible maturity and growth of Ashlee Simpson as an artist and officially introduces Evan Ross to listeners for the first ever time. This is only the beginning and with an North American tour scheduled for the start of next year you can expect a lot more new music soon. 

ASHLEE + EVAN NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

01/07 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

01/08 – Union Stage – Washington, DC

01/10 – The Loft – Atlanta, GA

01/11 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN

01/12 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL

01/14 – House of Blues Cambridge Room – Dallas, TX

01/17 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

01/18 – The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA

*Tickets go on-sale 10/16

 

 

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