The first rays of summer have just broken through, bringing with them a fresh and vivifying musical experience from a new talent on the horizon: Ashoka. With his debut EP “Bittersweet,” released on June 2, 2023, Ashoka has made an impact that promises a sunny season for the music scene. This four-track EP bears the mark of an artist who’s got his finger firmly on the pulse of contemporary trends, while carving out a distinctive style that is distinctly his own.
The title track, “Bittersweet,” sets the tone with remarkable production, perfectly balanced between vocal and instrumental elements. With a blend of expertly utilized vocal samples, this song leads the listener on a leisurely, aurally enriching stroll.
The second track, “Get Out Your Way,” is a masterfully constructed piece of relaxed rhythm, enhanced by Ashoka’s smooth vocals. This song offers a breezy, leisurely auditory experience that is as effortless as a summer afternoon, perfect for winding down after a long day or providing a cool sonic backdrop to a laid-back gathering.
The pace quickens with the third track, “Questions,” which manages to blend a faster tempo with great vocal layering and lyrics. The production here showcases a pop feel and a blend of styles that flow together as seamlessly as a melting popsicle on a hot summer’s day.
The final track, “Sleep on Me,” is a tour-de-force performance featuring a compelling trumpet beat and Ashoka’s fastest flow yet. It’s a song that not only showcases his impressive lyrical prowess but also inspires and motivates listeners. It’s a track that begs to be played on repeat and keeps you humming long after the final note has played.
The typography of the cover art deserves a special mention. It’s stylish, innovative, and engaging, perfectly embodying the essence of Ashoka’s debut EP. Like the music within, it feels fresh, modern, and tailor-made for the summer season.
The overall production value and professional quality of the EP is noteworthy. Every beat, every note, and every lyric resonates with Ashoka’s vision and dedication. There’s no filler here; every track is a standout, providing easy listens and smooth vocals that hit the sweet spot between innovation and familiarity.
“Bittersweet” is a testament to Ashoka’s talent and potential. It’s a satisfying musical journey from the opening note of “Bittersweet” to the last bars of “Sleep on Me,” a journey that leaves listeners eager for what comes next. This debut EP has firmly established Ashoka as an artist to watch, and if this release is any indication of what’s to come, we can expect a lot more great music on the horizon. So, here’s to Ashoka and the sweet vibes of summer!