Kristian Phillip Valentino’s latest EP, “Happily Ever After,” isn’t just a collection of songs; it’s a heartfelt dedication to his wife, Hollie. This EP is a musical testament to the power of love and second chances. Released under the Asheville-based NewSong Recordings on a poignant Friday, Sept 22, this five-track EP continues Kristian’s musical indie folk and Americana journey.
The EP takes listeners on a sonic voyage adorned with melodious violins, the gentle strumming of acoustic guitars, and the rhythmic presence of upbeat drums. Each element comes together to create a rich and harmonious backdrop. They set the stage for Kristian’s soulful and passionate vocals.
What’s particularly endearing about “Happily Ever After” is the narrative it weaves. It’s a story of redemption and rekindled love, a follow-up to Kristian’s previous album, “For Everything, There is a Season,” which concluded with a poignant breakup song. However, life took an unexpected turn. Love found its way back, and this EP was born.
The opening track, “Out of My Mind,” encapsulates the essence of the EP. It’s a celebratory anthem of love’s enduring power. The violins serenade in the background, and the acoustic guitar strums with earnestness.
“Happily Ever After” is a lush and harmonious instrumentation that provides the perfect canvas for Kristian’s soul-stirring vocals and evocative lyrics. And the way Kristian conveys these emotions through his music makes us melt into hopeless romantics. He shows us how second chances can bring our happily ever after.
Review By: Naomi Joan