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The Enemy Chorus
by The Earlies
Secretly Canadian (2007)
The Enemy Chorus
Aside from casual affairs with caffeine and alcohol, I’ve never been much of a drug user. I just don’t see the point of mind-altering substances, especially when music more or less does the trick. It’s your show-starting upper, your rainy-day downer, your mood-enhancing aphrodisiac and your vision-quest psychedelic all wrapped up into one conveniently legal package. Think about it: you never have to worry about exhausting your stash, failing a urine test, or covering up those bloodshot eyes, nosebleeds, or unsightly track marks. Hell, it’s even safe for everyday use, both at home and on the job. Feel free to drive or operate heavy machinery while under the influence, too. Just don’t let the Feds catch you passing out freebies… from what I hear, the RIAA doesn’t take too kindly to that.

At first listen, the Earlies’ sophomore full-length, The Enemy Chorus, falls nicely into the experimental end of the greater sonic spectrum. It’s psychedelic to be sure, with plenty of outlandish synth elements playing off of piano and guitar melodies, watery bass-lines, upbeat percussion, big-band horns, found-sound background effects, and pleasant, oft-augmented pop-rock croons.

Based out of both northern England and western Texas, principle bandmates J.M. Lapham, Giles Hatton, Christian Madden, and Brandon Carr draw deeply from the wells of American and British musical history, unifying divergent elements of pop, blues, country, prog, folk, and world music into one delightfully discordant sonic collage. There’s the sitar-lead, Eastern-themed groove of “Breaking Point,” the piano-pop and vamped chorus of “Burn the Liars,” the faux-harmonica intro and pulsing rhythms of “Bad is as Bad Does,” the droning strings, blaring horns, and otherworldly riffs of current single “No Love in Your Heart,” and the soothing acoustic guitar, bells, and accordion that collectively breathe life into the haunting requiem of “Broken Chain.”

With so much going on in each track, let alone the entire album, it’s hard to pick out one specific element as the center of any given song. But, to focus on any one thing would be a disservice to aural acid trip that the Earlies have crafted with The Enemy Chorus. Trip on this, and forget your worries about side affects, harsh come-downs, and government raids.
Posted by: Tom Körp

Audio Reviews (February 28th, 2007)

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