The Vincent(s) Valley of the Sun EP – Review
With a biography that claims they were formed just eleven months ago, you would be right in thinking The Vincent(s) are a haphazard group of musicians with a raw, unorganised style to them. The reality is, the unperfected saxophone and ragged guitar only enhance the brilliance of this band. Their style is so untainted by auto tune, so distinctly unpolished that you are left simply more endeared to their music. Each track has a distinctive, prominent clash of cymbals, this combined with the gritty vocals of frontman, Margus Charles Allen ,and this is a band fully confident in their music.
“Who’s That Boy” maintains a pounding vocal effect, the lyrics focus on a hellish sense of life. The drums are artfully used to create a marching feel, the infectious quality mainly resides in the ability to mingle haunting vocals and lyrics with a buoyant musical undertone to it. The guitars never falter, indeed, when the words become more grief stricken, the guitar only becomes more elevated. Imagine a heavier, more deathly Arctic Monkeys and you have The Vincent(s). Their rudimentary essence is ultimately what makes them such an attractive listen, unafraid and unwilling to conform to the over-bubbly music that has riddled that charts as of late.
The heavy and drawn out bass, coupled with the saxophone, and random clatters of cymbals gives a weight sense to Valley of the Sun. the steady thump of drums, finalises the sense that The Vincent(s) have already developed a very clear-cut style in spite of their relative newness to the music scene. “You stick your hand in all the pie”, with a message as resounding and effective as their thick music, this is a band that has not only placed effort in creating a memorable sound, and there is a depth to their words. An amazing feat for such a young band, yet they handle it effectively. The deal with lyrics like a band with thrice their experience and still maintain a youthful and enthralling quality to their music.
Summer Song maintains this enchanting mixture of hollowed out vocals with an infectious beat. The steady monotone enhances the effect of the instruments, the gentle hum of the drum and low, resounding murmur of the guitar. The gentle movement of vocals, male and female, combine in this beautiful intermingling. Creating this sense of harmony in a song that has a melancholic undertone to it. Yet, not afraid to keep progressing, the band ensure sudden and brief cries, in a chanting manner, giving the song a war-like feeling to it as it grows.
Their talents as a band do not simply stop there, indeed, they sow their ever-changing, eclectic style in “Song for the Sea”. There is a strong death-pop feeling to it, the guitar and drums are skillfully built to mimic a sense of drowning. There is a deathly style to this song yet it simply works to enchant listeners, drawing them in with the more mournful style adapted in the vocals. Indeed, it is that very gritty and overcast feel to this single that demonstrates the musical niche this band is creating in its own right.
Review by Elaine McDonald