Austin-based singer/songwriter Bill Godfrey showcases his versatile songwriting on the Hypnotized EP, whose consuming sound stretches from the electro-touched rock passion of “Mama Help Me” to the spacey folk mystique of the opening title track. “Each track explores a means of influence over the mind, by way of fear, grief, co-dependence, substances, dogma, or even malice,” Godfrey explains.
“I tried to leave her late one evening,” Godfrey sings on the opener, establishing a steady narrative. Strings enter as his “eyes got heavy.” Moody keys and acoustics complement the rousing vocal sequence into the “I was hypnotized,” ardency. A captivating bridge in the final minute adds a psych-friendly tint with its spacey key infusions. The title track proves gripping in its thematic representation of the EP, described by Godfrey as “a coming-of-age exploration of a young mind that seeks identity and love, but struggles to break free from outside influence and control.”
Further vocal charisma and saxophone-laden energy compel on the more bustling “Sprightly Gentleman,” traversing past the intro’s chamber-folk emotions and into a bouncier arsenal — bolstered as well by gorgeous orchestral flourishes, gearing seamlessly into Ray Zepeda’s engaging saxophone solo. “Mama Help Me” is another success, strutting an intriguing stylistic mish-mash of sweltering throwback rock and electronic-touched atmospheric production within the “no place to hide,” sequence. The Hypnotized EP is a firm success from Bill Godfrey.
“Hypnotized” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2023’ Spotify playlist.