Tas Phania (The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1) by Max Goedecke: EP Review
Max Goedecke’s book of melodies in the EP “Tas Phania (The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1)” has impressed me to the core. The musician’s blend of psychedelic, blues, and a bit of soft rock is pleasant to hear. He has an amazing lineup of originals, and a heartwarming rendition of a classic rock song, wait till you hear it!
The EP opens up with plenty of psychedelia and blues. “NY Star” is a vibing tune with a diverse rhythm section. Particularly the inclusion of the Djembe, which is an African percussion instrument. It added a groovy tempo to the track and blended excellently with each guitar solo. Continuing that EP’s bluesy aura was “Jojo’s Kingdom,” a tune with imaginative lyrics alongside passionate vocals. “Roll Down” has such a peaceful essence tied to it. This is particularly along the piano sections in the middle, where everything just slows down allowing listeners to take a breather.
Oasis would have been proud. Max’s rendition of the classic rock band’s “Wonderwall” is heartwarming and just melts into your soul. It’s a soothing cover with orchestras and elegant piano bits. Keeping the cadence fresh is the singer’s touch, and boy was it a moving performance! I have fond memories of the Oasis hit, it was one of the first songs I picked up on the guitar. Thus, you can imagine my delight while hearing Max Goedecke’s stunning version. Concluding the EP was the folksy “Back Home”, and a calming harmonica bid us farewell.
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Review by: Damien Reid