Self-titled CDR EP
Genre: indie pop
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Aug 18 - 24 2003
Ios' self-titled 3 song debut EP is a fun, catchy pop disc, but
not one that will have you on the edge of your seat waiting for their
next release. The band's style is catchy, but unspectacular. Opener
"Chattanooga" blends eighties synths with poppy indie rock;
the chorus is instantly catchy but can become annoying after a few
listens. The vocals are amateur and nasal, yet fun in a youthful,
"Laika," meanwhile, knocks things down a notch. It's a
calmer pop tune that's focused almost completely on melody. The
endearing female vocals go nicely with the restrained guitar,
percussion, and synth melody; it kind of has a Belle and Sebastian feel.
All in all, it is a very enjoyable and catchy tune. "Cheers,
looting," which finishes off the EP, isn't a particularly strong
track, but features a pleasantly sublime melody and a sense of joy
that will likely get your mouth curving into a smile.
This EP is nothing special, but can be regarded as a solid EP from
a new up-and-coming indie pop band.
[Vitals: 3 tracks, distributed by the
band, released 2003]