Review snippets taken from Gerrit Feenstra’s review over at KEPX
Over the sixteen tracks here, you’ll be taken through pretty much every human emotion there is. “‘Hey’” greets the listener with a heartfelt reunion of swooping strings and massive textures, before “Nice To See You” pours a drink and chills out at the subsequent back bar party. Then, “This is as Close to Heaven as I Get” ends the long night with an introspective ride back to a twin-sized bed, dwelling on those sincere moments of camaraderie before the reality of singularity sets in once again. And that’s just the first three songs. There are about five or six of these types of suites on Talk To You Soon, each with a slightly different flavor of the truth. Given that the album’s total runtime will fit on one slab of vinyl easy, it’s a lot of emotion and a lot of movement to fit into this type of release. “On The Floor Beneath The Cross” is a bombastic spiritual catharsis that dumps the listener off in the disorienting piano stabs of “Spinning About Under the Bright Light” before “Call My Name” throws a cloud-rap barrage of hi-hats at you. But it’s nothing beyond our normal, technologically pummeled daily reality. In fact, the chaos of the narrative is probably more fitting than not.
That being said, there is definitely a narrative. The first you hear the somber aisle-wandering of “In The Grocery Store” drop into “As We Speak”, you will jump out of your seat. Metal group Wreck & Reference show up in primo form for the most chaotic and terrifying moment of the record, only to feel the mind slowly become controllable again. Ray isn’t afraid to challenge the listener to be vulnerable. This is an album that allows you to be as unfiltered as you want to be with it. It’s evident Sam is only asking what he’s willing to offer himself – with this kind of talent and ear for pop (see: “Nice To See You”), I’m sure it would be a cakewalk to pump out something immediately gratifying and sickly sweet. But the mixture seen here is one we can better relate to, one that truly can soundtrack so many days, isolated from the larger tapestry of our lives. It’s just hard to see sometimes in the hustle and bustle. Listening to Talk To You Soon is a good reminder. Taking it all with a grain of salt helps you sleep better at night through the unfinished text conversations and the preemptive to-do lists. It’s an art piece that challenges us to take on the complexity of our mundane lives through an honest lens.