EP – The Notbirds – Hopewell

Posted by admin on January 31st, 2007

Hopewell were a band I reviewed last year and thoroughly enjoyed, partly because I’ve always had a thing for Psychedelic Rock and partly because their album was just sheer class. This time around the band has released an EP, which if you are to believe what they say on their website, was released “Cause we got bored”. Who cares, it’s always great to have anything of theirs drop in my mailbox.

The title track was actually on their album “Birds of Appetite”, but this version is much more radio friendly. The album version is like an even more psychedelic version of the Beatles “Tomorrow Never Knows”. “Beautiful Targets” is a sprawling mass of sound, that is chaotic, but wonderful to listen to. I can almost hear a bit of the Rolling Stones “We Love You” in the underlying vocal harmonies. “True Blue” has nothing to do with the Madonna track of the same name and thankfully so. Again we get a 60’s infused psychedelic sound which has become a trademark Hopewell sound. “With Tomorrow” we have a softer more traditional rock sound and it’s nice to see the band has a bit of depth to their repertoire. The final two tracks have to be considered fillers, as they are both somewhat under 2 minutes long. “Silent Interlude” is a purely instrumental track and is almost as the name indicates a mere interlude to the final track.

Even though it’s a short track, “Sadness” is one of my favorites, but for one thing, but more of that later. This is a very stripped back track, that’s recorded very lo-fi. It’s simplicity is one of the things that I love so much about it. But there is one thing that just kills the song. There’s a break at around 1:17 where just the low string of the guitar is played over and over again and it just kills the song. If the note being played would have actually reflected the song that was playing, this would have been a killer track, even with it’s simplicity, but as it is, it drives me doo-lally every time I hear it. Shame.

Conclusion : So overall this is a great EP that’s just $6 on iTunes or $5 for the physical CD from the Hopewell shop. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Hopewell.

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