Heartache and pain pours out of the bluesy indie rock style of Tom Esch’s “I Just Can’t Believe It’s True”. Done with the utmost of care, Tom Esch’s vocals sit front and center of the whole journey. Proving to be a deft storyteller, the way the piece evolves recalls the intensity of Elliott Smith’s thoughtful output. By choosing such an approach Tom Esch plays to their strengths, showing off an uncanny knack for arrangements and songwriting. Akin to a backup vocalist is the wild, unhinged guitar riffs. At times the whole thing feels reminiscent of Weezer’s Blue Album period, for it is catchy and downright thoughtful.
Things start with such energy. Drums have a loose style to them, full of emotion. Lyrics tie the whole of the piece together while the song embarks on a mystical journey. Multifaceted the way the piece contains multitudes feels particularly deft, from effortless transition to effortless transition. Guitar work has a loose, carefree demeanor which nicely punctuates a little of Tom Esch’s lyricism, sort of offering a counterpoint at times. For while the song regrets some of the loss that comes with relationships. When a relationship breaks down it becomes an unbearable thing, one that feels so hurtful. Tom Esch’s voice rises above the rest of the arrangement, as he tries to look for a little bit of salvation after the end of a relationship.
With “I Just Can’t Believe It’s True” Tom Esch sings with a tremendous passion.