What do we like about his album? Absolutely everything.
From album structure, to delivery, from arrangement to engineering, Pete Ewing’s ‘What You Wanted’ full length release makes all the right noises while championing a vintage alternative rock vibe that is both effortless and stylish.
This album also offers an insight into the tumultuous life of Pete Ewing. A (formerly?) married musician who admits to having an affair, and whose actions led to this point, along with the most incredible hustle story you might ever hear… A drug dealer with a music dream. A man with ambition and also a conscience.
“I was a married musician also having an affair. I had and still have a segment on a radio show in Melbourne. To add to this I was a drug dealer. My existence as I said was charmed and finely balanced. The expense of getting a band over to the states is costly and so the day to day hustle and having two important relationships meant I didn’t sleep much at all.”
‘What you wanted’ touches upon very sensitive subjects such as broken relationships, the status quo, morden day romantic affairs, regrets (and also the lack of) and so much more. It highlights what feels like a numbing, perhaps fleeting frustration within Pete which can only come from someone’s personal experience, someone who accepts his own imperfections, can see where he went wrong but feels he must do better.
This album gets you stuck in, closely paying attention right from the get go with the very cool ‘Be that way’ – a groovy, free flowing opener with so much rythm, I couldn’t help but to tap my feet all the way through, as Pete confesses his love to a muse, strategically setting the pace for the remainder of this sonic journey, all the way until closing track ‘Hello Heartbreak’ – for what is quite frankly a hugely rewarding listen. Nothing more, nothing less.
As Pete would put it: “I’m so very proud and relieved to have completed this project. Its journey has changed my life, in some ways for the better and in others maybe not so good.” …and as someone wise once said: “It is better to learn from the mistakes of others, than your own.”