This is the first new Violet Indiana music since
Eyes EP. So what have the band been up to in the
interim? Well, guitarist/producer Robin
Guthrie had a solo album. Ms. De Mare? Who knows. Not really
important, i guess. The thing is, there is no significant change
in their sound. This is still lush, slow music based on Guthrie's
tremoloed guitar and De Mare's aching voice. And, actually,
this is a pretty nice EP. There are only three tracks, so let's
look at each.
The first song, Beyond the Furr, is also on the LP that was released shortly after this EP. This is a nice, poppy tune. It has a good beat, and Guthrie's guitarwork is nice in a typical VI manner. Actually, this song sounds very Violet Indiana, and i don't mean that as an insult. Rather, if you have enjoyed their work before, then you'll enjoy this one. It breaks no new ground, but displays what they do quite well.
On Crystal Mountain Guthrie plays several layers of guitar and it sounds
really good with combined strummed acoustic and echoing electric
guitar. De Mare's voice is very light, and, in the middl,e she
does some of that "talking behind the music" thing that she
also did on Jailbird.
The general tone of this song is light, dreamy, and vaguely
jazzy. It's a good tune, and this is non-album, so, until the
next compilation comes out, this is your only source.
The EP wraps up with Perfect Day, which is my favorite on the EP. The
guitarwork is achingly slow and very heavily echoed, and the
song builds slowly to a wonderful climax with De Mare's voice
in three distinct layers, adding lots of depth to the tune.
(Gee, De Mare sings backup and counter melody to herself. I
wonder where Guthrie learned to
do that?) Anyway, this is a really lovely song.
On the whole, this is a fun little EP. No weak tracks on it at all, and it picks up nicely where Violet Indiana left off. Fans will enjoy this tremendously.