Asian She – Asian She EP

Asian She

I first heard about this band from Eaten By Monsters and it’s a great find. 6 17  is without a doubt my favourite track off the record. It has so many intense moments in it which keep drawing me back to listening to it. I think that the most effective part of this music is the ‘background’ of it. By that I mean all the sounds that aren’t all that clear but which give the music it’s mood and life.

I must say that I have been going off of guitars a lot lately but their use here is so superb I’m slowly being won back over. I’ve been thinking about this review for a few days and I definitely wanted to write about it because I think it’s one of the best  EP’s I’ve listened to this year and I’ll certainly be listening to it way into the new year.

Seasfire – We Will Wake EP

I remember seeing the very end of a Seasfire’s set back in March, I and at the time I had no idea who they were. I’d briefly looked them up before I went to the gig but I suppose I didn’t give myself enough time to let the music take effect. Or maybe they just didn’t have much music to listen to back then. Nevertheless, I was foolish (and maybe I drank a wee bit too much) so only got there as they were finishing and can’t remember much of that (It’s not that I was horrendously drunk, because I remembered the Broken Records set, so do not fear).

Well for the most part this new offering is rather good. The title track is definitely the stand out here. It captures the voice of Josh Thorn, the lead singer, really well and there’s a slight uneasiness in this song and especially throughout the rest of the EP. Another thing I like is that occasionally the music turns from this worrying noise into moments of complete calm (achieved mainly by the solo piano and voice I think) and then thrusts you back into it. How Do You Sleep captures this especially well, and while not up there with We Will Wakeis still an great song.

However, the rest of the EP just feels like there’s a little bit too much of a pop feel to it. That could have been completely what they’re aiming for and it probably was as all the songs do seem to all fit together quite nicely, it’s just not really my thing. And on the whole that’s not necessarily a problem, and it’s also not a major criticism, I just feel that the music falls slightly from the very good of We Will Wake to just good for How Do You Sleep, down to average for the other three tracks. The thing is the final three songs seem a bit too standard after such highlights as the first track and their song from before the EP came out, Falling, which was absolutely fantastic. Hopefully they’ll be releasing a full album soon and they’ll be able to bring out some more of the talented music writers that are definitely there, but perhaps need a bit more time to create great songs.

Loads – A Fight for Land EP

It’s always odd, listening to your friends music. Obviously you have an overwhelming desire to see it in as good a light as possible, and I always end up feeling awkward when I find things I don’t like about it. However, luckily there wasn’t much here for me to feel awkward about.

When I first heard this I had no idea that it was by my friend, until the singing came in, and even then it took a couple of seconds for me to realise. This stuff is quite a bit different to what he used to do and personally I think it’s a lot better (don’t hate me JJ). I love the way that the soundscapes just wash over you, especially in Unroof and Backbone.

At the beginning of Grow Enormous I couldn’t help but think of Foals, and I do hate comparing music to other artists, or using the classic ‘if you like this you’ll like this’, but this time I had no choice. I’m not saying that’s not a good thing, it’s just the guitar parts at the very beginning did sound a lot like those from Foals, so I think we can all see some influence there… However as soon as the vocals came in the music changed, and for the better I think. The sound moved away from what I originally thought it’d be and became something more interesting. The vocals are quite interesting, and usually ‘interesting’ seems to be code for something that just doesn’t sit right, and occasionally it doesn’t, but most of the time I enjoyed listening to it.

Overall the feel is slightly rough, and that’s not a bad thing. I think this EP is awesome, and I can imagine him going places. I’m not entirely sure if it’s recorded by him on his own or whether he got people in for some of the other instruments, because as far as I’m aware he just plays guitar and sings. This EP is definitely worth a listen, and a free download, which is always a bonus.