Kollin Baer – The Woods EP

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A smoky room is thick and swarming with the humidity of underlying chatter. Purple, blue and a touch of soft yellow lights patch the stage littered with gear. In the center is Kollin Baer and his guitar. Baer’s EP “The Woods” sounds exactly the way this feels – warm and familiar, but still commanding attention.

He describes himself as an indie/folk artist, but I don’t think this sound can easily be classified as such. There’s a catchiness to the songs, but it’s never quite pop music. If pop took the earnest vocals of folk music, that’s maybe what this would be. The vocals in “Climb” are just that – earnest with catchy lyrics. Baer’s voice reigns gently above the instrumentation, never heavy except where needed for emotional effect with an occasional scratchy throat. These effects are typically overused in both the indie and folk realms, but Baer’s use is never that. It’s honest with purity but still showing skill and tons of practice.

“Graves” begins in a similar way to “Climb.” There’s a short acoustic guitar opening, but this brief window into what the guitar has to say comes back a couple of times in “Graves.” Similar to his voice, the acoustic guitar provides a simple, but nevertheless emotive riff that keeps the song together as a reminder to feel.

Check out Kollin Baer’s “The Woods” below:

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