John Zambricki is a New Jersey born 20 something singer-songwriter now based in Nashville. His stock in trade is lovelorn folk-pop songs of hope, dreams and might have beens.
Obviously he's operating in a crowded market, but he's already got a useful break in being chosen to play a cameo role performing a song in 'Paper Heart', a Sundance award winning documentary about people searching for modern romance. The song ('Airport Goodbye') tells of the impossibly of turning back the clock in a relationship - reflecting if I knew then what I know now.
In a similar 'what if' vein, the EP kicks off with a love song of sorts about a girl who he's never met but who he's seen in a photograph stretching on a yoga mat. He imagines meeting and wondering if she'll think he's just a weirdo stalker. It's all about plucking up courage instead of living in a state of self delusion and features the great lines:
"I'm tired of saying I might
And reading books I should be writing"
On 'As Is' , Zambricki is even generous enough to tolerate a girl who bugs , bothers and scares him. He doesn't beat around the bush ("You can't hide behind social graces") but there's no bitterness.
This combination of freshness and directness is also evident in the remaining songs - 'Charleston' and 'Where Was Your Mind' and makes this a hugely impressive and enjoyable debut release.