The voice. It reels you in. Unvarnished and natural. Slowly you begin to notice the surroundings. An acoustic guitar weaving through the multi-hued tones of a rich, sonic canvas. All in support of the song. Sincere lyrics crafted with pure emotion. This is Jamie Varley. Whether you see him perform one-on-one with his acoustic guitar in an intimate setting or leading an extraordinary band in a packed house -- Jamie's enthusiasm is infectious. He reaches out to you. To each and every person present, Jamie bares a piece of his soul. "You Ride" is the first solo release by this San Diego songsmith, and it melds style and artistry into a journey that is immediately comfortable and refreshing. The infectious, elementary school synth pop of the opening tune "Waking Up" touches on introspective wisdom before transitioning into "Sunshine," an epic love song that blossoms as it builds from a clean and pure acoustic guitar/vocal to a wall of sound that is enveloping but never overbearing. "Runaways" spins a sorrowful tale of damaged relationships while "New Love Song" begins with a lonely solo organ churning as the band rides into view along with the realization of a new love. "Silver Bird" is a haunting story of loss delivered through a heart-wrenching live solo performance of mesmerizing acoustic guitar and vocals torn with emotion. This leads to the buried treasure of the record, "Little Child," a vibey lullaby that swims through your subconscious and embeds itself deep within your soul. "Flooded Heart" kicks in the afterburners with it's blazing rock chorus and settles into the energetic piano pop of "Awakening." The album comes to a close with the mrDSP remix of "You Ride," a captivating blend of organic and electronic, elevating this title track to new levels of artistic sophistication. Pure. Genuine. Relaxed. Something everyone can identify with. Jamie Varley, "You Ride" -- it will take you wherever you want to be.
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