The EP contains five tracks, flowing from start to finish maintaining Robyn’s classic hauntingly dreamy sound. The first track on the EP, ‘Underneath the Night Of Stars’ is a beautiful start to the EP. It draws you in, a-waiting what’s to come next. Opening with a smooth, gentle start, gradually building with elusive harmonies from Ellen Turley, adding that much needed texture to the track before the full band joins in to progress to the climax of the song and then to fade away for the finish. ‘Man to your Wife,’ is a bitterly sweet track, the air moves slow, perfect for a rainy, depressing evening. Listening to the lyrics it touches you with sadness and the chords that accompany it make for a perfect mix. Robyn’s voice was made for tracks like these; the emotion oozes from his soul and helps touch the listeners’.
‘Upon Such Things,’ shows Robyn’s sensation of waiting for the true purpose of life, the heart whelming lyrics, “if now is an echo then I’ll be forgot”, hanging on in the hope that it’s not all been in vain. I particularity like the way the song bursts -almost in irritation in-between the slow easy going verses, with the help from ex Therapy drummer, Fyfe Ewing. ‘Damn The Ruthless Hour’ continues into the mood that has been set throughout the EP. It has the same emotional air from start to finish, a nice little touch drawing near the ending of the EP.
“Don’t you wish you mind upon such things” starts the track, ‘Upon such things.’ It some how manages to get into your head just after one listen. Catchy lyrics, an emotive and impressive guitar solo and falling just under two and half minutes long, it holds all the ingredients for a mini masterpiece.
An impressive EP from start to finish, another creditable EP from our Robyn G Shiels and definitely worth a listen.
◀ STANDOUT ⁞ Upon Such Things ▶
◀ CONNECTION ⁞ Elliot Smith | Nick Cave ▶