Twin Atlantic – Heart and Soul
If you’ve been wishing that someone would blend the sounds of “Get Free” by The Vines and “Sowing the Seeds of Love” by Tears for Fears, then Twin Atlantic has got you covered. A bulk of the song is powered by a level of testosterone that can only come from a group of young men, but the chorus has that shiny-happy Beatlesesque gloss of the late 80s/early 90s (and the video to match).
The King Left’s latest EP, New York Nothing, is a nonstarter. Its first single – “The Storm In A Teacup” – has desperate vocals marked by betrayal, dancey guitars, and hi-hat-heavy drums, but somehow never manages to quite get to the next level.
“A Dead Ringer” and “In the Sunlight” are both energetic, but have a late 90s/early 2000s vibe that doesn’t manage to shine any light on the style. It’s been done before, and done better. The tracks call to mind an updated version of The Vines, and I’d rather just dust off Highly Evolved and give that a spin.
Closer “By the End, Juggling Wolves” gives itself away in the title – it stretches for the epic and abstract, but comes out as total nonsense. New York Nothing ends on guitar noise, distortion, and disjointed spoken word that just seems out of place on such a short and straightforward release.
All is not lost, however, for The King Left. Though the EP wasn’t impressive, it wasn’t terrible either. There’s definite live potential for the songs, and with some time the band might be able to fine-tune their sound into something that excites instead of just passes.
New York Nothing dropped on 05/05/08.
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