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Having reached over the half way mark, July is a good time to reflect upon the smorgasbord
of great albums that have come out so far this year. Read on to find out what the Already Heard team picked as their favourite releases of the year so far.
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Hailing from Slough, this emo three-piece formed in early 2013 and now they're releasing their first full EP. 'Better Days' is thoroughly emo to the core with bands such as Mineral and
The Get Up Kids being a distinctive influence. Yet there’s a hint of punk throughout which
makes Southpaw one of the most exciting young bands we’ve heard in quite some time. We
grabbed a quick word with vocalist/guitarist Perry to discuss their influences, the so-called
“emo revival”, the non-existent Slough music scene and the time Frank Turner crowd surfed at one of their house shows.
Let me preface this review by saying how silly I thought the whole fiasco regarding this man leaving Paramore was. I however do think it may have been an absolutely great thing that it happened.
Halfnoise is Zac Farro, and what this debut EP gives is a thoroughly interesting slice of electronic indie crossover, at first, it reminded me a bit of Ben Gibbard’s The Postal Service, and at times even a little of The Album Leaf, but now I feel that was a lazy comparison and doesn’t give Farro the credit he deserves.
The five tracks on offer here are perfect for the weather at this time of year, just as it starts getting chilly and it gets darker earlier and earlier, it evokes a very autumnal feeling throughout.
The record starts out with 'Remember When', a great introduction to the overall sound of Halfnoise, it has excellent drumming, and creates a brilliant soundscape, the vocals compliment this; "It takes a lot to let it go, I’ve got to let it go," the lyrics are simple but the emotion they are sung with make you believe Farro means them.
My personal favourite is up next, 'Sunsee' a horn laden four minute track that builds and swells, creating an ethereal dreamlike sound, perfect for just watching the world go by, it shows off the extend of Farro’s multi instrumentation and I think I must have listened to it about 5 times before letting the next track play.
The record follows on in a similar fashion, creating intricate, beautiful walls of sound. 'Reproof' closes out this debut, and does so in a memorable way that leave you wanting more, with its catchy melody that repeats throughout, Farro’s vocals really shine in this track, and when it finished, I was left wanting another track to begin. A full length would be welcomed with open arms, I really want to see what he comes up with next.
'Halfnoise EP' by Halfnoise is out now on Xtra Mile.
Words by Ryan Clayton.