ALBUM REVIEW // David Ramirez’s ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’

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Some of the world’s most notable songs come out of times of hardship and uncertainty. Due to our current political climate, many musicians are using their platform to speak out honestly. David Ramirez’s upcoming release We’re Not Going Anywhere covers hot button issues like Trump’s wall, particularly in “Stone Age” when he sings ‘we’re building walls, shooting guns, painting streets with blood.’ Ramirez is not afraid to toe the line on topics that might seem controversial. In the album opener “Twins,” he begs the question ‘What do they mean? / The stars and the stripes.’ As a man who is half Mexican, David Ramirez has a unique perspective on the “misplaced fear” of our fellow humans that is plaguing this county.

We’re Not Going Anywhere has an energy that differs from that of Ramirez’s previous releases. He takes on traditional rock undertones, which are evident in songs like “Stone Age,” “Eliza Jane,” and “People Call Who They Want to Talk To.” The album, which is the first that he had “properly produced,” was recorded at Sam Kassirer’s studio in Maine. David Ramirez said that Kassirer pushed him to switch up his songwriting style in a way that he hadn’t done before. And although Ramirez might have simplified his storytelling, the original elements that his fanbase fell in love with are still intact.

Taking on a “less is more” technique, Ramirez tells stories of a love that’s ended all too quickly in songs like poignant “Telephone Lovers” and “Watching From a Distance.” As one of Ramirez’s initial singles, “Watching From a Distance” helped his audience understand what direction he was going with his music. The song’s vocal harmonies bring almost a choral element to the song.

“Eliza Jane” is a biographical song about Ramirez’s great-grandmother who played piano in an Oregon-based country band. Although Ramirez has only heard stories about Eliza Jane, the tribute explores what drove her to leave everything she knew in Oklahoma and become a musician.

“Good Heart” speaks to depression, drinking, and what people say in order to make you feel better. The song’s chorus “honey I’m a ghost town / pretty charming ’till you come around” is heart-wrenchingly honest, which is not out of the scope of David Ramirez’s songwriting abilities. Ramirez’s music exemplifies that powerful songwriting can get you far.

Keep and eye out for David Ramirez’s We’re Not Going Anywhere, which drops tomorrow. For now, you can preview the full album exclusively on his website.

Stand out tracks ↠  “Time” // “Good Heart” // “Telephone Lovers” // “Eliza Jane”

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