Release Date: July 15, 2016
The Manitoba pop singing/songwriting duo, Ash Koley, released their second full-length album on July 15, called Elements. Ash Koley and Phil Deschambault took their vast range of influences and with a little mix of their own style, put together a solid pop album that many different listeners can enjoy.
The eleven-track album begins with their single, “Dangerous Words”. It has everything you look for in a pop song; repetitive and catchy lyrics, with an upbeat backing drum line and a bridge that automatically gets stuck in your head. It grabbed my attention right off the bat and reminds me of a few of my other favourite Canadian pop artists.
The eighth track, “Hit and Run” slowed things down a bit, with a chorus that becomes punchy. It was a great demonstration of Koley’s vocals. The lyrics are relatable for anyone who has maybe jumped into a relationship too fast and has seen in crash and burn within the first few weeks or so.
As someone who is quite picky when it comes to pop music, I was unsure if I would like the album. But from beginning to end, it held my attention and I actually really surprised myself. It had all the pieces as mentioned before, but it wasn’t put together in a way that I could enjoy it more than once. I urge readers to check it out.
I’m an aspiring entertainment journalist from Fredericton, New Brunswick, and a 2017 graduate from St. Thomas University with majors in Journalism and Psychology.
Aside from psychology, my passion has always been for music and storytelling. It is my dream to be in the industry, and music journalism seems to be the perfect fit. Along with a bit of photography dabbling, I think I’m pretty well on on my way.
When I’m not working, I’m listening to music, finding new artists to love, playing Dungeons and Dragons, or playing with my cats.