EP Review | ‘Free’ by Mt. Cleverest

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The first song I heard from this band was the title track of this EP and it had a very soft, earthy quality that I don’t usually gravitate to but there are certain moments when I can really enjoy this style and I happened to be in the right mood when I heard it. It’s made it’s way onto my rotation because of it and I knew I wanted to come back and listen to the whole EP.

However, this does mean that there were times while listening to this EP when I wasn’t interested, especially the first time I listened through because the first couple songs fit into that same vibe.

That being said, the middle tracks really shook up the sound and intrigued me. Forever alone proved to me that this band had more going on than I originally thought it did.

Highlights

The bass, provided by Tom Beach, in Linger has this fun little bounce to it that keeps the song from getting too flat. It’s also pretty slick during the bridge when it becomes more legato. It also goes a good job of tying the song together as it plays off of the leading riffs and the drums and acts as a link between them.

The vocals are solid on this album. I love how the accent comes through but more than that is the way Christian Mechler manages to both have this bite to what he’s saying while also having a rigid and frigidly sound when he needs to. I think Born to Fly is the best example of this on the album.

Also, Forever reminds me of Red Hot Chili Peppers so that’s a plus!

Low Point

While I do really enjoy the drums (Gab Nash) in I Don’t Want to Go Alone, as they have this higher and lighter feel to them, the chorus in this song is a little crowded. The higher drums makes them more noticeable and then you have the layered, slightly out of sync vocals (which are also really repetitive) and then sometimes the guitar manages to cut through–it’s just too much. It’s really a shame because Max Hutchings on guitar is excellent and I just want to be able to hear him. Moreover, it’s not interesting enough to get away with it.

Rating: 3/5

I think there are moments on this album that I really like–and Free is definitely a bop–but it’s a little too quiet for my liking. I don’t mean that there’s anything slow and muted about it but that the vibe of the album is fairly low-key whereas I enjoy more abrasive music. Nevertheless, When I’m in the right mood this is certainly the kind of music I turn to and I never got bored relistening to this album.

Any bands you think I should be listening to or albums you want me to talk about? Feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments!

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