SoundsXP Review - Jun 21, 2005.


Jun 17 2007, 16h53

Vocalists who apparently spend hours trying to perfect those Yorke or Buckley inflections, or bands who cite Radiohead as an influence are to be approached with suitable caution and trepidation. Especially if you know they've been compared to Yes due to the length of their songs and that their heralded demo was recorded in a bedroom rather than a studio...

The thing is, the sheer ability of Dublin's The Eclectic makes them awfully hard to ignore. Although Shatter Proof wears its The Bends t-shirt proudly, it's no lazy tribute; the song has a relentless, pounding energy to it, not to mention an addictive chord sequence and a melody that you just don't want to end and it nearly doesn't. Blank Canvas, meanwhile, is the pick (and, at a mere 5 minutes, shortest) of the bunch. Again, it's hardly original, sounding like a refugee from Doves' Lost Souls - yet, with its fluttering guitars and bittersweet harmonies, it's a beautiful entity all of its own. It's difficult to credit, from the sound and production quality, that these two tracks were actually bedroom recordings. That fact is more in evidence on the EP's weakest link, Break Me Out, where the pace picks up with fuzzy guitars, a squidgy riff and a rough, vaguely Kings of Leon chorus; far from bad, this is an average, mid-set filler of a song. They're obviously very happy with it, though - they don't press the 'stop' button for a patience-thinning 7 minutes. This is, nevertheless, an impressive EP, and The Eclectic now top my list of must-see Dublin bands.


The Eclectic
Songs for a Blank Canvas



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