Dig In (EP)
Release Date: 16 June 2015
Review by Cameron Cooper
It’s rather cliché to describe the bass on an album as “driving”, but few other terms come to mind when discussing Idlewar’s vocalist/bassist James Blake. Across the band’s five-track debut, there are few moments that aren’t dominated by the thumpin’ or feedbackin’ bottom end, giving the record a moody rattle that keeps things moving. Peter Pagonis’ Lynyrd Skynyrd-style drums and Rock Graham’s Zakk-Wylde-With-A-Hang-Over guitar licks are all fairly interesting elements in and of themselves, but the trio are ultimately let down by a production job that is just a little too light on the dynamics.
There is something to be said for the minimalist approach taken to the stripped-down, shuffle-and-grind sound the group are crafting, made most evident on EP closer Stronger. If the band branched out their sonic-scope a bit and Blake refined his vocals, the boys could really make their tunes shine. In short, the songs are there, but the production isn’t quite up to scratch.
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