Actor and singer-songwriter Riley Smith released I’m On Fire, a pop-rock single. This is one of the first previews of his upcoming self-titled EP due out on the 21st of July. The EP is being produced by Kevin Leach who has worked with a variety of artists and indie labels, with Smith’s time in the city of Nashville being the driving force behind the five-track EP. You may know Smith from his roles on shows such as True Blood, True Detective, Frequency and Nashville. This single was co-written with Matthew Perryman Jones and Tim Lauer, and is telling of how his music changed while in Nashville, working with so many talented people.
I’m On Fire makes great use of Smith’s vocals. During the chorus he uses a touch of his grittier tone which really lifts the melody to another level. The melody and the lyrics put together are certainly catchy, especially in the chorus. I think the song used silence really well, in and around the last chorus. However, I don’t think there was enough of a build up or difference in the musical background. For me, it was a little plain. Maybe accentuating the rhythmic change in the third verse a little more could have given new life into the track.
Regardless, this is a great debut for the singer. It has a catchy tune and memorable lyrics, with Smith’s smooth yet gritty tone highlighting words and syllables in just the right places. I give it 7.5/10.
Listen to the single on Soundcloud