Good music isn't hard to find. Sure, sometimes it feels like years since something honest and good has reached the radio and even longer since it strikes a chord with a listener on a personal level, but it's always there - if you're willing to look. Jeff Gorski's self titled Solo EP, his first since Trestle disbanded in 2002, fits the bill. Straight off, the opening riff promises that this modest five-song collection won't be anything short of remarkable. The opening track begins with a rhythmic assault that is purposefully understated in order to accentuate the lyrics & melody, "What do you believe in?" Mr. Gorski wonders just before the drums crash and the song is cemented into the listener's conscious. Perhaps the most surprisingly satisfying song is the second track, Heading East, with it's unique jazz tempo, staccato melody, and a piano that picks it's spots perfectly. The lyrics brilliant use of dark comedy is reminiscent of Elton John's classic "I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself." The song itself feels as though it was written spontaneously, perhaps by request from a friend or an acquaintance who may or may not be a genius based on how the song turned out. Regardless, the recording effectively captures that feeling of spontaneity without overdoing it. The rest of the album also displays Jeff's unique songwriting gifts. The melodies are instantly accessible (thought not too catchy that you will want to blow your brains out at the behest of the second track). The lyrics are honest and heartfelt and often times disarmingly good such as, "They say love is blind// But I can see just fine" in Don't Let Me Down. Even Thanksgiving Day, which, just by the title, steps close to the edge of cliché and, for lack of a better word, cheesiness, ends with such a strong chorus and self-awareness that it never lingers long enough in cliché to stop it from being satisfying. In short, the only regrettable aspect of the album is it's brevity. But for a debut EP there is little disappointment, especially if you've been looking for Good new music. -Seth Warner-.