Basic runner Ellis first EP review
Artist: 1st Base Runner (Real name: Tim Husmann)
EP: “Ellis; »Release: December 10, 2021; Produced by Husmann; Mixed by Colin Bricker at Mighty Fine Productions; and mastered by Greg Calbi and Steven Fallone in Sterling Sound
Contemplating the challenges of their lives and what they need to do to regain a sense of calm and in control over their destiny is a powerful theme that musicians of all genres can embrace and explore in their songs. This is certainly the case for Austin, Texas-based artist Tim Husmann, who performs under the stage name, 1st Base Runner. The electronic singer-songwriter shines a light on people’s struggle to find their way back on his recently released second five-track EP, “Ellis.”
The powerful new collection follows Husmann as he further expands his atmospheric and intensely personal sound signature by incorporating indie rock, shoegaze, post-punk, pop, ambient and alternative musical influences into his latest songs. “Ellis” once again proves his power as a performer, having released his indie-rock electronic debut LP, “Seven Years of Silence” on July 30th. The powerful full album delved into the fundamental truths about what it means to make people present on their own terms in modern society.
The singer’s new EP is thriving in part because he feels comfortable collaborating with his longtime friend and co-writer, Bryan Ellis. The comfort of the musicians with each other created a lively atmosphere which is enlivened by a mixture of bright chords and percussion, which is similar to the instinctive mood which was presented on “Seven Years of Silence”.
Husmann and Ellis created the perfect score for young love throughout the EP, which is stylistically similar to the music of rock bands such as Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, My Bloody Valentine and Godspeed. “Ellis” begins with the stellar entry “Near Me”. Driven by gothic, industrial and electronic beats created by a dark and thrilling drums and bassline, the new wave and multi-layered electro-pop track is also inspired by the signature sound of Depeche Mode. Also supported by funky rhythms, Husmann’s sumptuous voice infuses his lyrics with mysterious and dark tones. While the song’s lyrics are repetitive, as the singer questions whether the person he loves would be willing to come close to him again, the overall beats make the opening song a potential club hit.
“Near Me” is followed by “Flux”, the most memorable and impactful entry of “Ellis”, which continues the classic electronic instrumental rhythm of “Near Me”. The track also features brilliant new wave instrumentals that support the musician’s powerful, husky voice, which infuses the lyrics with sultry tones. The relatable tune shows Husmann contemplating his connection to the person he loves and whether they should continue their relationship. The singer also remembers all the experiences they have had, both together and alone, and wonders if they can overcome the differences they have encountered on their travels.
“Ellis” ends with the reflective “Man Overboard” entry, which is motivated by meaningful symbolism. Husmann hums about being weighed down by relatable mounting obstacles as he tries to defend himself and reach the surface. Driven by an electronic and classic techno beat, the musician reflects on attempting to step back in time where he felt a sense of calm and in control of his life, which makes the song a stellar EP conclusion.
Husmann proves just how remarkable a musician he is with the recent release of “Ellis,” which stands out for its emotional themes, including people working together to achieve a sense of calm and control over their relationships and destiny. Also enlivened by atmospheric instrumentals and stellar vocals, the indie-alternative-electronic-shoegaze EP remarkably highlights the singer-songwriter’s vulnerabilities that concern fans of all musical genres.
For more information about Husmann, visit his official website, as well as his Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Spotify, Bandcamp, SoundCloud and YouTube.