Heistheartist, the American Christian singer-songwriter, has released a new EP titled “Under the Influence of Love (Acoustic Soul).” This body of work is a refreshing take on Christian music, featuring a blend of neo-soul and gospel, conveying themes of faith, heartache, and love.

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The EP opens with a beautiful piano instrumental cover of “Me & Mr. Jones” by Amy Winehouse, which sets the tone for the project. The instrumentals provide an excellent introduction to Heistheartist’s unique style. The EP then moves to Heistheartist’s original song “Boom (Doo Wop Version),” which tells the story of love at first sight. The doo-wop-style production adds a nostalgic touch to the song and captures the feeling of falling in love.

Heistheartist’s cover of “Caught Out There” by Kelis tells the story of a woman who is tired of being lied to and betrayed by her partner. Heistheartist’s rendition of the song is powerful, emotive, and conveys the pain and frustration that comes with being deceived by someone you trust. It’s an exceptional cover that showcases Heistheartist’s ability to take popular songs and make them his own. The lead single from the EP, Heistheartist’s cover of Chloe X Halle’s “Ungodly Hour,” is a standout track that perfectly captures the EP’s theme of faith and redemption. Heistheartist’s rendition of the song emphasizes the power of God’s love to overcome any obstacle, and the haunting melody and lyrics are given new meaning in his rendition.

Heistheartist’s original song “God is On My Mind” continues the theme of faith, with lyrics that speak to the struggles of staying true to one’s beliefs in the face of adversity. The production on this song is stripped back, allowing Heistheartist’s powerful vocals to take center stage.

The EP ends with a piano instrumental cover of Erykah Badu’s “Out My Mind, Just in Time,” which serves as a fitting conclusion to the project. The instrumentals are emotive and powerful, conveying a sense of triumph over adversity that perfectly encapsulates the EP’s message of faith and hope.

One of the most striking things about this EP is how Heistheartist uses his music to convey complex themes in a way that is accessible to a wide range of listeners. The songs on this project touch on themes of love, heartache, and faith, but they do so in a way that is relatable and understandable. Whether you’re battling addiction, dealing with a toxic relationship, or simply going through a difficult time, the messages conveyed in this project are meant to serve as a guiding force.

Another standout feature of this project is the excellent production. Heistheartist’s use of instrumentals and his unique vocal style create an ambiance that perfectly complements the messages conveyed in the songs. The stripped-back production on “God is On My Mind” is a great example of how Heistheartist’s vocals can take center stage and create an emotional impact on the listener.

Under the Influence of Love (Acoustic Soul) is an impressive body of work that showcases Heistheartist’s talent as a singer-songwriter. The EP’s blend of neo-soul and gospel is refreshing and unique, and Heistheartist’s take on popular songs is impressive. The EP’s message of faith and redemption is conveyed in a way that is both relatable and inspiring, making it a must-listen for fans of Christian music.

Garth Thomas