Seems Like Home To Me - Two Gallants - The Scenery Of Farewell

Label: Saddle Creek Europe - SCE105V • Format: Vinyl LP, EP 180g • Country: UK • Genre: Rock, Blues • Style: Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Lo-Fi
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Six months after a scuffle at a Houston nightclub that sent waves of outrage across the music-blogger community, San Francisco's Two Gallants released an EP, The Scenery of Farewellin anticipation of their upcoming full-length, much like how Saddle Creek labelmates Bright Eyes issued the six-song Four Winds single a month before Cassadaga came out.

The five tracks here show a different face of the band, calmer and more reflective, with little of the more raucous progressions found in their previous albums. The beleaguered closer, "Linger On," is aptly named: Stephens uses a piano, an instrument he seems less comfortable on, echoing his vocal lines with the keys, which gives the song an affectation that doesn't suit the band -- too dramatic and drawn-out -- and highlights the hackneyed verses, makes it something that belongs on adult alternative radio rather than an underground college station.

It's not that the band isn't capable of executing these softer songs -- they show their skills off quite nicely on the lovely "All Your Faithless Loyalties" -- but it's new enough for them that it's not consistent, and it doesn't happen naturally, like how their livelier work just seems to pour out of them with little strain or effort.

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