Interesting soundscapes used in tandem with songs which are solid in their own right!
4 unique and genuinely interesting tracks - Plants a mix of crystal harmonies, aptly used vocal sounds, with a blend of interesting chords by the guitar. However, this song is evidently still strong just with an acoustic guitar and voice.
‘Mighty Fine’ sounds absolutely perfect for Vinyl (Matthew Cotterill skills at work). Slightly more upbeat than Plants; with an interesting verse pattern and strong chorus. Again, crystal harmonies - the backing vocals in the bridge absolutely make this track. There are sounds coming from all angles of the stereo spectrum - many layers; yet none at all necessary or overwhelming. Warm but clear vocals are used throughout the EP by Catling, giving it a slightly soothing ambience, yet it still having the essentials to be a song of great commercial potential. Interesting, yet in the right way.
Clown Face is a completely different thing all together - an array of interesting sounds and the use of a nylon string guitar make this track particularly interesting. This is combined with yet again an interesting chord progression, and suitably simple yet strong vocal line. The close harmony near the end of the track is great; the interesting arpeggios too - a great mix of strong songwriting from Alicia Catling and super production work by Matthew Cotterill.
Rinse Your Mouth takes yet another direction. A more downbeat number, yet perfectly placed to round off the EP. The use of dynamics in this song make it particularly epic - the percussion really lifting the song. Like Mighty Fine in particular, the dreamy backing vocals are really something else. The use of organ and reverb give it a very ‘churchy’ ambience - suiting the song perfectly. The lack of a strong ending on the tonic at the end of the track is great; leaving the ending slightly unclear, a slight musical decision which ends the track the best way possible.
A real step up from the already excellent EP Building Me released in early 2014.