Michael Weferling – 3-D: EP Review

October 21, 2013 § 2 Comments


Back in April, I introduced Michael Weferling as another budding musician in my Youth And Hysteria Artist Spotlight. Fast forward to 6 months later, and the singer is now establishing himself as a serious pop artist. On October 15 Weferling dropped 3-D, his first EP featuring 4 self-written songs with production from Harold Shawn and mixed and mastered by Nox Beatz. Weferling describes the EP as having “a Pop/R&B with influence from Aaliyah and Solange.”

Kicking of the EP is “Destiny,” a sparkling mid-tempo with pops of static production that would be perfect for a futuristic movie that was filmed in the ’80s. Weferling snarls the repetitive phrase “Tonight, we will survive” throughout the tune in a way that shows off his amped-up confidence as a pop budding artist. Following is “Soldier For Our Love,” a power anthem that was first released back in April but is now remastered and free of the flaws that stopped it from becoming a solid pop tune.

The synth-heavy production, which was once submissive, is now boastful and pairs well with Weferling’s strong vocals and continues the throwback ’80s revival sound. It’s perfect for a few spins at a downtown Manhattan bar.

Weferling keeps the momentum going with the unexpected “Mine,” a bouncy R&B-tinged love song that is complete with brass instrumentals loved by artists like Theophilus London and Solange Knowles in comparison to the Sky Ferreira-tinged “Soldier For Our Love.” The song is a surprising yet much-welcomed departure from the previous songs that relied on heavy Euro-pop influence.

Finishing off the 3-D record is “One Day” – a piano and string-laden ballad that displays the singer’s more vulnerable side. He discusses his dreams of making it in this industry and getting back at the people who tried to hold him back: “People try to bring me down, filled with loneliness and doubt. I push anxiety away, ’cause I knew one day I’ll be able to say ‘one day’.” Albeit a bit cheesy, “One Day” is a great way to end a musical journey that Weferling has been working so hard on for the past few years. Now, with this 3-D EP, Michael Weferling is right on the brink of making it big.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Songs On Repeat:

“Soldier For Our Love”

Weferling (originally from Camden, Maine) has always wanted to be a performer and looked to artists like Mariah Carey, Seal and Madonna as inspirations. While attending Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts as a music industry major, he worked with fellow classmates and local artists to create his first two singles, ‘One Day’ and ‘Soldier for Our Love’. Weferling wrapped up his first EP in Los Angeles over the summer and now resides in New York City, where he plans on continuing his musical journey as a pop artist.

Like what you hear? Check out more of Michael Weferling on Facebook.

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