Author: Chealsea Hunt
When I sat down to review the latest EP by Marc E. Bassy, I thought I’d play the album once all the way through, write my piece, and move on to my next assignment. I didn’t expect to have the record on repeat all weekend, but that’s what’s happening.
It’s just that good.
Born as Marc Griffin, Bassy adopted his new stage name after his former band, 2AM Club, split from RCA records and disbanded.
I’ve been told that Griffin was compromised creatively while he was part of the band, but Bassy doesn’t seem to have that problem.
The R&B artist’s new EP, Groovy People, is ripe with creativity.
From the first song, “You and Me” ft. G-Eazy, Bassy explores timeless ideas through a new lens.
The song discusses the idea of a relationship ending and the two individuals becoming strangers once more. It’s a concept which could’ve been delivered in a sad or remorseful tone, but that’s been done before. From Gotye to Bob Dylan.
Not to knock the other artists in any way, but it was refreshing to hear Bassy sing with a sense of relief that it’s possible to end a toxic relationship and move on for the better. There doesn’t always have to be a sense of loss.
In “You and Me”, Bassy and G-Eazy both bring something to the song, playing well off of one another.
Bassy explores his upper register, while also showing a masterful control of the mid range.
Meanwhile, G-Eazy’s rapping is, as always, on point and well suited to the upbeat accompaniment Bassy provides.
This EP is packed full of unique and tantalizing beats.
In “Subway Car”, the underlying beat and backing vocals are mesmerizing, but the song truly soars when it comes to Bassy’s smooth vocal performance. There’s a sensual nature to his voice that just draws a listener in.
The EP falters a little with the intro to “Dirty Water.”
It consists primarily of smashing piano keys, which is more jarring than it is pleasant. But Bassy makes a quick save, as the rest of the song is seamlessly in line with the album’s typical smooth vocals and catchy beats.
And the soft, melodic piano intro of “Morning” more than makes up for the misstep on the previous track.
“Morning” is a love song with a spiritual feel, making love itself seem like a religious experience. It’s a moving and unique expression of an idea so many of us can relate to as Bassy sings:
Would you be there in the mornin’, mornin’, mornin’ , mornin’?
Would you be there in the mornin’, mornin’, mornin’ mornin’?
Would you stay here from the sunset to the sunrise?
When I open up both eyes
Be there in the mornin’, mornin’, mornin’
Bassy excels at creating music listeners can find themselves in.
“The Last One I Love” encapsulates all the fear that a relationship might not be right, and all the hope that it will be.
Bassy’s a relatable artist with outstanding talent.
Though it’s clear a lot of effort went into the creation of this EP, it seems as though Marc E. Bassy doesn’t have to try that hard. His talent comes across as natural and effortless. He was born to do this.