It’s another cold day on the East Coast amongst the snow banks and ice. Yet, I am reminded of spring. I am reminded of an imminent return to warm days out about in the city and lounging in parks. This is how I felt the moment I was able to take a listen to Roy Orbitron’s newest EP, Elston Allen Gunnn.
At first glance, I thought to myself, “this seems rather reminiscent to Edward Sharpe, and even some Iron and Wine,” but as I gave a closer listen, I was profoundly surprised to see that that was just one side of this multi-faceted group. This band has something about their aura, about the way they expound their language for all to hear.
After the melancholy and spring reminiscent tracks that lead up their third track, “Black Fox Farm”, you are transferred to a band that is more reminiscent of the kind of rock and roll band they claim to be. As “Copacetic” reaches a point of climax, you leave the realm of summer breezes to a scenery more akin to underground music halls home to a more alternative lifestyle.
Indeed, in the words of “Radio Static Philly”, “EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS ALBUM WILL MOST LIKELY SEEM A BIT STRANGE AT FIRST, HOWEVER, IT GREW ON ME VERY QUICKLY AND ONCE YOU’VE COME TO THE POINT WHERE YOU RECOGNIZE THE SONG ENOUGH TO ANTICIPATE THE CHANGES, YOU’LL FUCKING LOVE IT TOO!”
And truth be told, it is. The more I listen to it, the more I am able to anticipate the way the band is able to change the way it approaches the listener.
Although the beauty in this album lies in the excellent layering of the class folk/indie sounds of Edward Sharpe and Tallest Man on Earth, with elements of eclectic synthesizers and fiddles, there is certainly a beauty in how the album is arranged. The album is bookended with soothing tracks like “Doctor, Take my #” and “Pastoral”, yet everything in the middle is everything but that.
This EP is alive and well and Roy Orbitron should be proud of this body of work that evokes the beckoning of spring with the sounds of classic indie rock bands we love.
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