ARTIST: Section Solo [feat. Joshua Epp and Tobin Fox]
ALBUMS: The Show Starts/Extrasolar
As soon as I hit the climax of the title track I knew Section Solo had made the EP I was waiting for: an electronic/orchestral blend that's lots of fun.
Another Day (feat Joshua Epp) was great, it has such a happy feel, something sorely lacking in music today. I love the 80s synth pop feeling. I also really like the background effects.
“The Wanderer” opens with some unique sound effects. It's an interesting choice, but unfortunately I feel a story is being told, that's going over my head. The piano riff was excellent, it will be a song I'll have on repeat! Solo's got an Adam Young/Andy Hunter feeling going on, but with another element about it that I feel is uniquely “Section Solo”.
I really liked how the water effects in “The Wanderer” connected into the following track “The Deep”, featuring another favourite indie musician of mine, Tobin Fox. Knowing these two guys, I was seriously excited to hear them collaborate. The lead piano part is super catchy, but when the main synth and the strings jump in, I'm all in! The pianos on this EP are pulled off really nicely. The orchestral elements (as always with Section Solo's work) really adds the punch to the track, giving it an “epic” feel.
“Rebirth” this is the kind of cinematic orchestral work I've always loved from Section Solo, but with an excellent electronic punch in the middle.
“Stars Reprise” very majestic. Neat record type crackle, but could be a little hard on the ears in headphones on repeated listens. Overall it's a great finishing track.
Joshua Epp's remix of “The Wanderer” is great, but in my opinion carries a very different character from the EP. A good remix takes on a new direction, and this is definitely a good remix. Still, it's new character feels out place here on the EP. I like it a lot, but somehow it feels distracting in the context of the EP, and the “Stars Reprise” closed the album so well that it feels unnecessary, and hurts the over all track flow a bit.
“Stars is an intergalactic adventure, as it's predecessor Extrasolar was, but just like the cosmic bodies the EP is named for, it's a little closer to Earth.”
Over all I was pleasantly surprised by the many musical turns throughout the EP. Perhaps my main “negative” comment, which is fairly subjective, is that I wasn't crazy about some of the more “dirty synth” effects in “Stars” or “The Wanderer.”
But that aside, I think it's an excellent EP that you'll want to get your hands on whether or not you're familiar with Section Solo's previous music, you won't want to miss this!