steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion


"Safe Distance" CDEP


Genres: rock, emo, indie rock

Feb 28 - Mar 5 2005

The Safe Distance EP is a solid five-track effort from Portland's Jonah, who play radio-friendly, emo-tinged rock music that basks in accessibility without sounding bland or derivative.  These songs have a sense of grandeur about them, using moody textures and various instruments (keyboards, strings) to achieve a powerful, epic quality.  "Tremor #7" and "Good Enough" are relatively soft pop songs that fit the "sensitive alt. rock" mold, while the subtle electronics and high vocals of "Safe Distance" take cues from the eighties, boasting a slight similarity to Tears For Fears and lush Culture Club.  Overall, this is a thoroughly engaging EP that should satisfy fans of modern, sensitive pop music - heck, the title-track already sounds like it could make alt. rock radio playlists.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2003]