added: 11 Mar 2010
// release date: 12 Feb 2010 // label:
reviewer: Music-News.com Newsdesk
What a joy to hear loud and clear on my stereo an Italian band that I am proud of. From the flat planes of Piacenza comes this most uplifting EP, 'Hi', part of a trilogy 'Hi-Low-You', the latter to be released later this year.
On a small but carefully crafted and attentive record label, 42 records, these 6 songs eminate a maturity and complexity of ideas. Each song is built around a wall of sound where melody and density are the bricks and a penetrating, stimulating and variable drum and percussion beat are the mortar. The feel is very 'Death Cab For Cutie' in their earlier years and some good vocal arrangements and harmonies reminiscent of 'The Shins' add depth to the sound.
Very much a group effort with added help from friends and fellow musicians on vocals, strings and horns, this sense of unity of intent is very evident. Stand out track for me is 'Penitence' which reminds me of 'The Strokes' at the beginning but then breaks out into a glorious rush of sonorific amphetamine, guitars at the helm. 'Another Same Old Song' is dreamlike, delicate and haunting. 'Take Hope' is more Brit Pop done by The Byrds, very endearing.
'Stratford' and 'Santa's Theme' are instrumentals, patiently building to a
crescendo, a sort of indie gospel musical showdown.
I hope this band get some gigs sorted out over here in England soon as there is space for intelligently delivered music able to be listened to by the boy/girl at the back , at the bar even. For sure, Kobenhavn Store are open all hours and ready for business my friends.
Check them out at www.myspace.com/kobenhavnstore
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