Quick Hitters:: The Soirée Marathons

Marathons, the new EP from Ottawa’s The Soirée, moves with assured steps. Considering the foundations of their debut — an ear pleasing blend of folk and rock that drew comparisons to The Acorn — their growth over the last three years is impressive and that confidence is well deserved.

 

Marathons starts fast; “Animals” is a unique collage of almost math rock guitar, piano pop, harmonies and plucked bass notes that gets your toes tapping, and most of the record follows suit.

 

Enjoyment aside, What really makes Marathons work is the band’s willingness to take risks. “Oh Half a Mind” starts with a head nodding bass line and funky keyboard work, but instead of letting the listener simply surf the wave until it reaches the shore, the dueling vocals transform the song into an almost dad rock that is nicely contrasted by the heavy electric work that ends the song. “Ghosts”, another slinky number, finds the band adding vibraphones to the mix and the mellow, ahem, vibe really sets the tone for the upbeat “While We’re Awake.”

 

The risks don’t always work out; the decision to end the EP with a slow, straight ahead acoustic track truncates the cohesion and excitement the band spent five songs building, but when an EP is free and das solid as Marathons, it’s not fair to complain about a slight stumble. Download this little gem ASAP.

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MP3:: The Soirée - Animals

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MP3:: The Soirée - Of Half A Mind
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