The title, which is great, sets what this new EP release is about. London based Tina Boonstra, is a singer/songwriter of the best kind. Sharing her stories with both a passion, and emotional content, that many performers and songwriters would love to have only a little of. Reaching out, as she sings, you feel your heart has been touched somewhat, as her voice weaves it’s way around both your mind and heart. Add into this heady mix, lyrics of honesty and truth, some terrific musical arrangements, and superb production, we have the perfect combination for songwriting in the 21st century. Her previous EP ‘Until My Feet Move’ was well received, and received much airplay, which I’m certain ‘My Concrete Heart (Will Beat Again)a wonderful collection of new songs, and new addition to her growing catalogue of her recordings will also gain it’s due recognition. A very good variety of musical style, both instrumental and vocal feel – it works! The recording was officially released with a launch party at the Hawley Arms on March 8th – check it out on the usual platforms, and enjoy!
From the hauntingly beautiful entrance of the vocal, with nice drum beat, guitar chords, and riff intersperse, as the instrumental texture builds – tremendous stuff, and the ending is sublime. A great first single from the EP.
‘I Think I See You Now’
Accompanied, at the beginning, by some very cool guitar picking, this is another stunning melodic song, with lovely vocal line. Guitar, sounds simple in a way, but so effective, it’s deceptively so, as the reality is different to keep this effect convincing – I love it.
On this track, the full band make an appearance, supporting and layering the feel of the song, in equal measure. An excellent song, built on the foundations of some pretty cool accompaniment, full of pleading and hope. The luxurious backing vocals add to the quality. Me, well, I particularly like the guitar lines.
‘Concrete Heart (Will Beat Again)
The title track of this recording in fact, and the follow up single to ‘Prodigal’. A great, upbeat song, with rock/grunge guitar adding to the power, with a nice bass line. A true rock song, as the arrangement certainly drives it ever forward.
‘Only A Human’
Here, another guitar led song, with a moving riff, over the, well, almost spoken vocals at the beginning. As percussion joins in, delaying, only for a short while, the full band arrangement. Such a fantastically tight sound, leading us into a pretty powerful central section, before we return to the beginning and a form of re-assurance – terrific.
Spacious piano chords take us into the final track. In fact, the use of piano here, in a straight forward accompaniment, underscores what a stunning vocal line this is, as she speaks/sings/breathes life into her impassioned lyrics. Leaves the listener slightly breathless, like the rest of the songs – but in a very good way though.
To sum up really, here is another really good EP of original songwriting from a very talented artist, who has something to say, and certainly knows how to say it in music. Added to that, the overall feeling after listening to the whole recording in context, is a clear ideal, and musical beauty of thought, who shares with us all a personal vision. Get yourselves a copy and enjoy – I did.