EP REVIEW // Cayden Wemple’s “Car Crash From an Aerial View”

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Album Cover: Gigi Cavallaro

California-based musician Cayden Wemple sure has been busy since we last spoke with him in November. The beginning of February brings the release of his debut EP, Car Crash From An Aerial View. Of the title, Cayden said “I was on an airplane flying over my hometown of San Luis Opispo and I saw all the cars on the road from that point of view. I thought it would be strange to see the cars crash into each other from that vantage point. Focusing on one thing at a time may be all we have time for in the moment, but in the grand scheme of things, there are thousands of little events and episodes in other people’s lives that we will never see.”

The EP itself open with “Not To Sugarcoat It,” which is about a broken, codependent relationship. In this deeply personal narrative, Wemple marries seriousness with slight humor through lines like “I’m telling you / so you won’t come back / I’m not doing this / cause I’m afraid of your dad.” “Not To Sugarcoat It”  does an excellent job of introducing us to Cayden Wemple, his musical style, and his trusty Martin Guitar.

Although the EP’s second track “Mad” gets a bit more upbeat, it still has some serious subject matter. Wemple sings “You take it black / your coffee and your eye / they say you fell down the stairs but they never asked why / It’s mutually assured destruction of some of our finest intentions.” Through the song, Wemple displays a deep understanding about the complexity of relationships.

So far, each of Car Crash from an Aerial View‘s tracks have gotten more and more upbeat and “The Boat Song” is no exception. The track displays Wemple’s storytelling ability in a different way than the rest of the tracks — more allegorical and symbolical than ever before. The song’s overall tone is also more mysterious, making “The Boat Song” one of the standout tracks on the EP for sure.

Cayden Wemple showcases his humor once again in “Southpaw,” with the opening line “I’m Mike Tyson / with a stronger sense of hearing.” The song shows the “pop” side of Cayden’s music, and you can definitely hear his musical influences (like Declan McKenna and Bright Eyes) coming through. “Southpaw” is sure to be a crowd pleaser at Cayden’s future concerts.

“Better” might be the last song on the EP, but it was the first single that Cayden Wemple ever released. “Better” has potential to be a commercially successful song, especially with its production style and catchy outro. When we interviewed Cayden last year, he said that “Better” is the song that best exemplifies him as an artist. “I love what my producer and I were able to do on that track with the effects (reverb, echoes, delays),” he says, “The song also exemplifies my writing style the best. I use a “stream of consciousness” type writing style a lot, and that’s pretty evident in this track.”

Don’t forget to download Cayden Wemple’s debut EP Car Crash from an Aerial View when it’s released on February 2. If you live in California, you can catch his EP release party at Kreuzberg Coffee Co on February 8!