Simon Shaw is singer/songwriter based out of Sydney, Australia. With two releases under his belt, Shaw has recently released his third album, Free and Easy. We headed over to his Bandcamp page to get a listen to his newest acoustic centred release.
At first glance it seemed as though he would be going for a Nirvana type feel as the cover of the album is a play on the Nevermind album. This was soon dismissed as it fell into the first track, “Everbody” with its simple timbre and casual lyrics. The first few tracks flow nicely as they remind me of warmer weather and a cold brew. The sound of the album as a whole is simple until we reach the track, “Take A Stand”, which offers just a touch more complexity. I would’ve like to have heard more tracks like it, but maybe it would’ve changed the entire aura of the album.
Spanning just eight songs, Free and Easy is the type of release that you’d want to hear at the family barbecue. Its simplistic nature makes it smooth on the ears and relatable to almost anyone. This is the true strength of the album as it offers a relaxing tone in which Shaw can tell his life-stories. If you feel inclined, check out his Bandcamp page and give the smooth acoustics a listen.