Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sunday Morning Coffee:: EP Island

I have to admit, I can't really ramble on aimlessly about EP Island trying to sell you on the sounds. The output is much more immediate and compact, and even if I could, it would be against everything LL Schultz and Melanie Covey stand for and rely on as a "band." Both woman have spent years in bands, on the road touring and sleeping in shitty hotel rooms or on friend's couches and really, they don't want that anymore. Practice schedules and the pressure to always be playing aren't really big motivators either.

Instead, you have EP Island, a recording project that involves flashes of creativity instead of meticulous sessions and recording processes. The duo - supported this time around by the always terrific Lyn Heinemann (Portico!) - writes songs when they feel like it and records in the same manner. Deadlines are short and the pressure to get the songs done is one of the biggest motivators. Last time around they named their songs Good'ish, this time they upped the ante and dubbed the three songs Rad-ish.

I know you are probably thinking that the end results will be patchwork, rough and unfinished, but that couldn't be farther from the case. The opener - Broken Social Smoker - could be a b-side from the last Portico record, and after three and a half minutes of crunching chords, they follow up with two more delicate songs. October Fantastic is a beautiful, moody emotional number that ebbs and flows nicely into Heart Felt. On first pass, you might think the closer relies on some of the same sounds as the opener, but the vocals that grab you from a muddled distance and the constantly shifting guitar sounds and textures give the song an unexpected depth in your headphones.

MP3:: EP Island - Broken Social Smoker

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