Multi-instrumentalist, multi-genre artist Aaron Gillespie dropped his solo album, Out of the Badlands on August 23, 2016. Semi-acoustic, and recorded in his own studio, the record is a compilation of original tunes, revised versions of songs previously recorded with his other bands, Underoath and The Almost, plus a couple of covers.
Being a solo album, Out of the Badlands showcases Gillespie’s talents, both as a singer and a musician. Clean and clear vocals highlight raw emotion as he deals with heartbreak in originals “The Fox,” “You Don’t Love Me Anymore,” and a beautiful rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Using ukulele, he reinvents Underoath’s “Reinventing Your Exit.” One shares his feelings of loss and hopelessness in the haunting “Raspberry Layer Cake.”
I imagine most singer/songwriters may have an album like this in them. I imagine most human beings, at one time or another, experience these emotions. Aaron Gillespie has gathered them together in a beautiful and accessible album. Out of the Badlands is available now at all normal outlets. www.aarongillespie.com