John McDonough’s concept EP “We’ll Answer the Call” is a captivating and inspiring journey. The Chicagoan is a talented storyteller, evidenced by his lyrical prowess and melodic guitar work. With this EP, McDonough tells the story of Joe Rantz and the Washington Huskies rowing program’s historic Olympic run and eventual gold medal win in 1936. The six-track project is filled with emotion, and McDonough is able to showcase his ability to craft narrative-driven songs that seamlessly blend acoustic and electric instruments.
The EP opens with “Shooting Star,” a song that immediately draws the listener in with its secrecy and introspective lyrics. From there, McDonough continues to build his narrative with tracks like “Love You Just For You,” and “Among the Stars,” which showcases his knack for creating intricate and comforting musical beds. McDonough also offers a few more up-tempo songs, like “We’ll Answer the Call” and “Point Me East,” which both remind the listener of the importance of hope and perseverance.
Overall, McDonough’s EP is an emotional and powerful listening experience. His honest songwriting is what makes this concept EP so captivating, and his ability to craft intricate musical beds is what makes it truly memorable. “We’ll Answer the Call” is a must-listen for fans of acoustic-driven folk-rock, and anyone who needs a reminder of the power of hope and perseverance.
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