Next Monday (11/20/17), Manchester acoustic/folk punk singer Arms & Hearts (Steve Millar) will be releasing a two-song digital EP titled Fortitude via Real Ghost Records. Fortitude will be Arms & Hearts first release since the Too Much Sleep, Not Enough Dreams EP earlier this year.
The first of the two songs on the EP is the title track and my favorite, “Fortitude”. “Fortitude” is an upbeat and catchy song, with a bold and memorable chorus. The song is a relatable anthem about trying to get the most out of your life. It really serves as the perfect introduction to the EP and the artist behind it.
The second song is “Dagger Eyes”. “Dagger Eyes” has a bit more of a dark sound to it. It’s a somber, slow building track about the pain of losing a friend. The contrast between this song and “Fortitude” really helps the listener appreciate Arms & Hearts as a musician.
Overall, I think the stripped-down feel of the music, which relies heavily on acoustic guitar, really helps give the EP a heartfelt feel. It makes the listener feel like the singer is really pouring out his heart and soul into every word and every note, making it an excellent listen. Fans of bands/musicians like The Gaslight Anthem, AJJ, The Loved Ones and Ben Elliott should definitely check out this EP!
Album Score: 4/5
You can pre-order a digital copy of the EP from Real Ghost Records’ website here:
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Check out the music video for “Fortitude” here: