A Review of 'Just a Little Bit of Some Music'

by Maciej Lewicki

A Review of 'Just a Little Bit of Some Music'

From the first notes, Sal Fratto’s EP “Just a Little Bit of Some Music” hits with you a wall of sound. What’s especially surprising is that this effect is achieved with very little instrumentation. The first track – Living in the Sad World – consists of nothing more than acoustic guitar, bass, and drums. The vocals manage to blend in, yet still stand out as Sal sings about the relief of being able to share the sad world we live in with someone you love. Moving onto the cheerful, yet somewhat sombre I Will Keep All Your Love, that message is reiterated, although the less full instrumentation and sober optimism of the lyrics foreshadows what’s to come. That thought is quickly dropped with Loving You Ain’t a Bother, a beautifully written folky tune that encapsulates the feeling of being love – wanting to spend every second of your life with them, joining them for whatever next adventure they wanna go on, and talking for hours upon hours about nothing in particular. As the first emotional climax of the EP is reached, Sal quickly flips the mood on the next song, Go Back Home, with the held-back acoustic guitars and beautiful, drawn out vocals. I won’t hurt you/at least not on purpose, he sings as you slowly come to realise there’s something wrong – the folky cheer of the previous songs is still here, but now it’s hidden under a layer of sadness. This sadness is fully realised on Human – with the cheer now fully absent, the haunting acoustic guitar shines out as the album hits its second climax when Sal constructs a feeling of hopeless that brings you to tears with the lines do you know how bad it feels/to watch you say that it’s not real?/do you know I’m trying to love you, right?. The album ends on a plea for the person to feel something, something at all, and as the acoustic guitar plays out, you wonder what the hell happened to the cheerfully optimistic first half.

A Review of 'Just a Little Bit of Some Music'

by Maciej Lewicki

A Review of 'Just a Little Bit of Some Music'

From the first notes, Sal Fratto’s EP “Just a Little Bit of Some Music” hits with you a wall of sound. What’s especially surprising is that this effect is achieved with very little instrumentation. The first track – Living in the Sad World – consists of nothing more than acoustic guitar, bass, and drums. The vocals manage to blend in, yet still stand out as Sal sings about the relief of being able to share the sad world we live in with someone you love. Moving onto the cheerful, yet somewhat sombre I Will Keep All Your Love, that message is reiterated, although the less full instrumentation and sober optimism of the lyrics foreshadows what’s to come. That thought is quickly dropped with Loving You Ain’t a Bother, a beautifully written folky tune that encapsulates the feeling of being love – wanting to spend every second of your life with them, joining them for whatever next adventure they wanna go on, and talking for hours upon hours about nothing in particular. As the first emotional climax of the EP is reached, Sal quickly flips the mood on the next song, Go Back Home, with the held-back acoustic guitars and beautiful, drawn out vocals. I won’t hurt you/at least not on purpose, he sings as you slowly come to realise there’s something wrong – the folky cheer of the previous songs is still here, but now it’s hidden under a layer of sadness. This sadness is fully realised on Human – with the cheer now fully absent, the haunting acoustic guitar shines out as the album hits its second climax when Sal constructs a feeling of hopeless that brings you to tears with the lines do you know how bad it feels/to watch you say that it’s not real?/do you know I’m trying to love you, right?. The album ends on a plea for the person to feel something, something at all, and as the acoustic guitar plays out, you wonder what the hell happened to the cheerfully optimistic first half.