Updated: Jun 6
Robert Watson is a guy making his own music his own way. We’ve reviewed his music before. Robert makes jam-rock-styled tunes. He calls himself The Eclectic Musicman. Robert does all of the writing, tracking, and playing of his music. He’s released 9 projects to date and it doesn’t look like he’s stopping anytime soon. I’ll run through the tracks on his new EP called Turmoil and give some thoughts.
Robert Watson – Turmoil
I’ve always enjoyed the music that has been submitted to us over the years by Robert. He’s a great drummer and overall a solid musician. I think his music sounds like a real connection to the ’70s. One group that I can compare him to that comes to mind is Traffic. I loved that album John Barleycorn Must Die! But anyway, “Something Is Brewing In The World” starts off with some strings over a classic bass and guitar groove. Some of the drum cymbals are a little washy but the tune sounds good. There are not a whole lot of overt melodies in Robert’s tunes. The melodies sort of hideout in the grooves. This track is an example. Take a listen.
“People Are Waking Up With Fear” uses some classic chord progressions to create the vibe. Again, for some reason, the cymbals are very washy and it’s taking away from the mood. I’m not sure if this is intentional or just a product of the mixing or even the way they were recorded. Overall the drums sound great but these little tweaks can make a huge difference IMHO. Towards the end of the song, the grooves build and Robert creates a full driving sound. You’ll find your head bobbing for sure. Take a listen and see what you think.
Next up is the song “Escapism”. I think this is one of the more interesting songs on the project. There is high energy throughout and the chord changes provide a happy pop atmosphere that puts a smile on my face. It half reminds me of the tune “My Girl.” The chorus chord progression stops just short of being a replica… not that the song sounds like it, just that short progression. The instrumentation and production also give it that classic feel that I love about Robert’s music. I think a guest vocalist or instrumentalist would really make this track hot. Take a listen below.
“The World Is Going Through Fire & Fury” is another high-energy groove, which I like. The swishy cymbals sound is still hanging around but the groove is great. Robert’s drum playing really shines on this one. What do you think? Take a listen.
“The Impeachment” is the last track on the EP Turmoil. This song makes me think that Robert was happy when Donald Trump was impeached! This track definitely has a party vibe. Keyboard horns are added which sound a bit cheesy in my opinion but still provide that party ambiance. There are actually some solid melodies that stand out too, sorta catchy!
So, overall Robert has a strong project here. In the future, I would recommend that he reach out to some vocalists and/or instrumentalists to add some flavor. I look forward to working with The Eclectic music man on future projects here at Indie Music Plus! If you’re headed out on a road trip then take Turmoil along with you for the ride! Robert Watson seems like a good guy and he puts out new music consistently so check him out and give him some support!
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