4 Songs, 13 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In proper country fashion, the four-song debut EP from Trey and Andrew Bentley, two brothers from Georgia, starts with “whiskey shots at the bar.” But despite taking inspiration from their mother, who they say sounded like a mixture of Emmylou Harris and Loretta Lynn, The Van Lears don’t comfortably fit into any one genre. That agnostic approach shines through in songs like opener “Carousel” and “Wrapped Up in You”—short, sweet, and soulful—while the dreamy, R&B-leaning ballad “When Can I See You Again” shows off their poppier side. The plaintive, lovesick “Soul Revival” rounds things out with a gentle exercise in twangy indie-folk.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In proper country fashion, the four-song debut EP from Trey and Andrew Bentley, two brothers from Georgia, starts with “whiskey shots at the bar.” But despite taking inspiration from their mother, who they say sounded like a mixture of Emmylou Harris and Loretta Lynn, The Van Lears don’t comfortably fit into any one genre. That agnostic approach shines through in songs like opener “Carousel” and “Wrapped Up in You”—short, sweet, and soulful—while the dreamy, R&B-leaning ballad “When Can I See You Again” shows off their poppier side. The plaintive, lovesick “Soul Revival” rounds things out with a gentle exercise in twangy indie-folk.

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