Endlings - ''Somethin' Old'' EP
Whilst some music websites just focus on brand new releases, we realise that sometimes we miss new material from the last 12-18 months, and are more than happy to cover them belatedly. And Norwegian / Irish band 'Endlings' with their somewhat ironically entitled EP 'Somethin' Old' fit in this category, with an EP release in March last year and some impressive live appearances this year at festivals such as by:Larm - which we're hoping to get to ourselves next year.
So 'Endlings' consist of a fairly traditional line up of 4 band members, Ole Martin Solberg, Amund Karlsen, Daragh Murphy and Anders Dahlberg, and they're based between Oslo and Trondheim. Musically there are some fairly traditional influences from across the decades in their music too, but it all probably fits within a psychedelic indie pop genre.
After the introduction 'The Long Way Feels Shorter', the EP 'Somethin' Old' launches into the title track and as with all their music, there is a laid back easy going style to their songwriting. However at the heart of their songs are simply lovely melodies. I love tunes that head off in a slightly different direction that I'm expecting, and that's exactly what happens in 'Cosmic Cat', probably my favourite song on the EP, before an utterly psychedelic 60's style section takes over the track. 'Numb' has a more traditional sounding 'Indie' vocal melody, but accompanied by more warped instrumentals, whilst 'Solitude' is carried along courtesy of a prominent bass line and another big chorus. But I like the final track 'Tie Your Shoes' too, maybe with some 80's and possibly Smiths influences both vocally and instrumentally, and again the bass plays a great part as the track reaches the climax.
'Somethin' Old' is a really enjoyable EP, without pretension or too many complexities. 'Endlings' are a band that write natural sounding melodies, with great bass and guitar moments, all infused with an infectious psychedelia. Currently working on a new EP we look forward to a further release in 2018, and hopefully some more festival dates too.