Said the Whale is indisputably among the most well-loved bands in Vancouver’s extensive indie scene and with good reason! The band’s catchy songs inundated with West Coast references have captured the hearts of many – and they certainly don’t disappoint with their new EP, New Brighton.
Fans of Said the Whale will enjoy that the EP stays true to the Juno-Award winning band’s tried and tested formula of nautical lyrics and hummable melodies. The album starts off strong with the title track; its pop roots reminiscent of their successful single, Camilo (The Magician). The song pulls you in with effective yet subtle dynamics, and a general bright and captivating sound.
The album progresses to the slightly darker song, Sandy Bay Fishing Song, before picking up on the album’s first single, Lines. To wrap up, Said the Whale showcases its softer side on the closing track, Little Bird, a quieter and more minimalistic song than the rest of the album, but it works beautifully with pretty piano and heartwarming lyrics.
The band doesn’t take any huge risks taken on this EP, but it’s such a solid four tracks that you can’t really blame them. Why fix what isn’t broken? Said the Whale has mastered their own brand of indie folk pop and use that as an outline for New Brighton.
While New Brighton isn’t super groundbreaking, it’s well worth the listen and should tide fans over until Said the Whale’s new album is released on March 6, 2012. If that’s not soon enough, the band has already released the first single from it, Heavy Ceiling. With such a successful EP, fans can hopefully look forward to an equally impressive full length early in 2012.
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