Oh, Great City is an impressive EP in the following ways: the guitar work is creative and is a staple in each track, the vocals are different in a way that’s interesting, not off putting, and the combined rhythm section creates a sort of groove throughout that’s hard not to tap along to. There’s also enough difference to distinguish between songs, which seems to be something everyone is moving away from when they release an EP. Instead of a block of 5 tracks that sound alike, these guys did it a little different. In fact, each song has it’s own distinct sound while still being easily recognized as a FUTURE GHOSTS tune.
Now here’s the breakdown: the hook in the opener “Spotless” sinks in and never lets go, pretty much forcing you to keep listening, which ends up being a pleasure rather than a chore. “Grace” shows off layers of vocal diversity - moving from silky smooth to shouts at the drop of a hat. The liveliness in the chorus of “Lock The Light In” makes for the one “pop-ish” track of the five, while “Distiller” follows it up by standing out as the most “rock”. The guitars in this track shine from the opening riff to the outro, which is one of the best I’ve heard in a while.
“It Was The Pilot” is a powerful closer with a perfect arrangement of piano, driving percussion, and those ever morphing guitars. It’s also one of the most poetic lyrically, though that seems to be one of the few common traits that all of these tracks share. This is definitely the way to start 2012 off on a strong note. Check out their music here if you’d like: http://futureghostsmusic.bandcamp.com/album/oh-great-city-ep
RIYL: Jimmy Eat World, Imagine Dragons, Brand New
Written by: Alisha Kirby
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