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Kinch
Collars And Sleeves
Questing Beast
www.kinchband.com


A couple of years ago someone sent out a memo to musicians: the more music the better. Translation - [most] audiences would prefer to be introduced to new music more frequently. And when full length albums take so long to write, [record], master, and produce, then generally an EP is sufficient. Well this has seemed to go well for the musicians as well. Instead of wasting time of the actual "making" of the album, when they produce EP's their able to focus on the important part - the writing.

Phoenix boys Kinch picked up on this memo early on. And in the grand scheme of things, of their four CD's that have been released, 3 have been EP's. After just releasing The Economic Chastisement earlier in '09, the guys have given us even more new music in Collars And Sleeves. With this "mini-album" they're perfecting their musical stylings in the areas of piano rock and guitar rock. On the first track "John Adams" we're definitely looking at the piano part of that rock. But it's not so much just the element of a different instrument, in this number it feels as though they took a page from bands my parents may have listened to. This seems like the rock of the '70s; in other words, there's a strong Beatles sensation coming from the stereo with this one.

Down to "Girl, You're Gonna Learn To Mind" and life's taken a step back to a slightly slower tempo/melody. The prominent member in this song seems to be Brian (guitar) and his simplistic yet entrancing notes that seem to sequence through just effortlessly. Nothing really screams or stands out, yet you're completely aware that they're there. This is like a Johnny Cash type of ballad. It's not sugar-coated and it's probably not something you'd dedicate to a girl you'd want to actually date (take a look at the title), but in the end, it's a song that you're going to have repeating in your head for awhile.

"Tie Me Lightly" ends the EP in a beat that seems to be originally Kinch. It's melodic and chock full of catchy lyrics for audiences to sing along to. We get a full band feeling back for the final number [which seems fitting]. Andrew's vocals are spot-on again and with his excellent work across those keys, this one comes in as a favorite.

For only 4 songs, it feels like the guys have show more growth than ever before. If this was someone's introduction to Kinch, their curiosity would be perked and their anticipation would grow for what came next.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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