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Outer Seasons - The Gods Make Short Work Of A Coward's Best Attempts
The Gods Make Short Work Of A Coward’s Best Attempts

 
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Outer Seasons - The Gods Make Short Work Of A Coward's Best Attempts Phil DillonThe Outer Seasons snappily titled second EP opens unassumingly. ‘Just A Taste‘ starts sparsely, has a clean sound and a lightness of production. Single acoustic guitar chords embellish the verses and make way for a classic four chord chorus, thoughtfully arranged with doubled up counter melodies. Deft use of a multiple repeat. There aren’t many components, but they’re well assembled. I think the song is about temptation, or bad habits or something like that, but I’m not sure. Good opener though.

Blow‘ opens with bass and muted guitar and then just pops into life, and it’s at this point that the EP goes up a gear. I thought this song was about potential, but it turns out it’s about carrot sticks (presumably as a metaphor for potential). “You can change and blow it all against the wall … you can plan and make small steps”. There’s some nice bendy guitar in the bridge/chorus.

Go on, blow! Give us a guitar solo! Nope. You just get a quiet bit in the middle. Then it builds. I need my fix… I’m gonna blow! More bendy guitar riff. Come on! Solo! Blow! Blow!

It didn’t blow. But it had the potential.

More To Life‘ starts with just the bass and a sneering laugh, and it’s heavier. When the drums kick in it’s a four square rock delivery complete with a big guitar sound and a confident vocal delivery. The use of doubled vocals and delay on the bridge/chorus is really well executed. The guitar is at it’s biggest and best sounding on the EP, and it’s clear that the band have opted to bring things to a crescendo, where others may have led with this track. The lyrics are waiting for something to happen. Perhaps it will.

The Gods Make Short Work Of A Coward’s Best Attempts was recorded by the band and then mixed and mastered at Sunlight Studios by the inestimable Greg Webster. It’s honest and unpretentious and worth a listen. You can download it for the price of your choice from The Outer Season’s Bandcamp.

Phil Dillon

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