Around The Edges
"Why Do I Love You" CDEP
State Recording Co.
Genres: indie pop, indie rock, slowcore
Mar 8 - 14 2004
Shiny Around The Edges. A nice name for an equally nice
band. The Why Do I Love You EP, their very first release ever,
is a pleasantly gentle collection of songs. Though they consider
themselves "sadcore," I find that to be a bit of a deception
- this music isn't nearly as dreary as the likes of Cat Power
The first tune, "Impossible" sets the stage for a
relaxing, albeit different type of record. Sparse, dark guitar
chords are laid under sliding female vocals and a light layer of
percussion. "Black Whistle" is even better - its
creepy structure is almost evil, and the combination of tinny rhythm
guitar and stuffy, faraway singing is really quite amazing.
This is a tremendously dark EP, but it's still very melodic and
catchy. While many listeners may be turned off by its despairing
atmosphere, those who stick with it may become devotees. Here's
to the [presumably] forthcoming album!
[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by CD
Baby, released 2003]