I was really in the mood to do something tonight. I’m not sure what that comething was but due to the frigid cold outside (the current temperture is in the single digits and due to continue dropping through the night), whatever that something was is going to wait. Instead of sulking in my loneliness, I decided I’d be better off spending my free time and this restless energy checking out some new music so here it goes kicking off with The Gills’ brand new EP ‘In The Beginning’.
As soon as ‘Windless Sail’ took over my speakers, I was transported away from the arctic tundra I live in and straight onto a deserted beach somewhere. There’s a warmth and very relaxed vibe that comes with this opening track. Not only is everything about this first track super relaxed and almost plain, but it’s also super full of emotion and talent along with rises and falls that seem to come in unannounced yet fit so perfectly. With nothing more than just vocals and guitar to kick off this track, I may still not know very much about The Gills but I do know that I already adore this duo and the energy they give off. Even when the whole band came in for a brief moment in this track, I feel like I still didn’t quite know how to describe The Gill’s music other than emotive and amazing.
“Why Would I” gave me very somber vibes but also pure beauty. The strings of notes at the beginning of this song really showcase the vocal power behind this duo’s music. Even as more instruments come in and the song takes a lighter feel to it, all I could hear was the vocal power of both members of The Gills. Unfortunately, the lyrical content took a little bit too much of a religious turn (at least I’m assuming the lyrics are literal or maybe I’m off here) for my liking but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this track all the way through.
Even though “Should Have Known” is only about two minutes long, there’s something raw about this track that I just can’t get enough of. I love the way that the vocals go from an angelic high to a more raw and almost gritty style for the “I should of known” part. This contrast made me a sucker for this song and I was honestly bummed that it didn’t last longer but, thankfully, “Swords” didn’t let me down and became an instant favorite of mine. This is the track that introduced me to this band. I can’t tell you why but it caught me the first time I heard it and it did the exact same thing tonight. There’s something unique and interesting about this track while staying warm and almost simple feeling. It’s the kind of song that you can drift off to while still being completely captivated by it.
This quick five song EP closes out with “Pasture”. This soft and sweet track is just the icing on the cake to this EP. With no vocals, you are finally able to hear the creativity and talent that this duo has instrumentally. I knew it was there all along but I was always so captivated by the vocals but it was nice to have this track to see the other side of The Gills. It was during this song that I realized- although The Gills aren’t my typical listen, they have something tht I just can’t put my finger on. It’s that something that I heard first in “Swords” and now have heard throughout all of the tracks on this brand new release. I can’t tell you what that something is but it’s there and you just need to hear it for youself.
My Favorite Track(s): “Swords”
For Fans Of: Acoustic vibes; Chill Vibes and Warmth
Daydream-ability: 5 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie ate dinner; Autumn sletp upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 5 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 6 out of 10
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