If you have met me between the year 2003 and now, you know that the Sonic the Hedgehog soundtrack is one of my favorite things in the entire world. This may seem like a weird way to start an EP review, but bear with me. As soon I pressed play on Jake Sachs’ debut release, Continue, I was hit with a wave of Sonic nostalgia. It’s not about Sonic or supposed to sound like Sonic, it’s just that good.
The first track, Theme Song, is filled with crisp sounding guitars that took me right back to the beach levels of Sonic Heroes. That sound carries through the entire EP. Theme Song is a short intro that quickly moves into the next song, For the First Time. I was immediately impressed by vocal talent displayed by Sachs, because I, obviously, didn’t know how much better it would get throughout the rest of the EP. There is something about this song that reminded me of Christmas. Not because it’s cheesy, because it isn’t, but because it’s just positive and uplifting sounding. It was like a breath of fresh air, in a way.
As each song continued, I heard a bit of a Queen influence growing. Normally that wouldn’t be something I’d care for much (sorry), but with the Sonic tinged guitars and Sachs vocal ability, it makes the record sound so unique and well done. The layered harmonies get better and better with each song. Listening to Continue is like reading a book where it gets more interesting with every chapter.
The EP’s last song, Arrival, has a lot more of an 80’s feel than the other songs. It starts with a classic synth part and then the other instruments join in full force to make it sound like the 80’s arena song of your dreams. There is something really nostalgic (I know I’ve used that word twice now) about the song, but also new at the same time. It’s something you could show to your mom as well as your little brother, and you’d have an equal chance of them liking it.
On Continue, Jake Sachs plays everything himself, which is not something you see every day. This record shows he has real musical chops that are hard to find. Even if Sonic and Queen aren’t things that get you excited for some reason, I still suggest you check out Continue.