It’s snowing outside right now. Not just like light snow- we are up to measurable inches of snow. I know I shouldn’t complain, I live in Minnesota, this is bound to happen and it’s only March so we surely have a few more snowstorms in our future but I’m just not in the mood. So, instead of staring out the window wishing it would stop, I have decided to dig into some new music. Let’s jump into Crossfire Eages’ brand new ‘Major Arcana’, shall we?
Kicking off this seven-song EP is “Episode”. This opening track instantly drew me in with its anthemic rock sound and smoother than wine vocals. A classic indie-pop bop, I was instantly smiling ear to ear throughout this track. It’s just one of those songs that de-stresses you upon first listen. Although definitely a bit more mainstream than I tend to go, there’s no denying the energy that can be heard throughout this opening track. “Step Out” continues with that anthemic sound but brings a little more retro indie-pop vibes to the table. It instantly reminded me a bit of The Libertines. Maybe it’s the edge, maybe it’s the accent, regardless, I loved this track and it was an instant favorite of mine. Still much tamer than I typically go for, there’s just something so powerful and infectious about this track.
I was so tempted to go back and listen to “Step Out” again to pay more attention to the lyrics but “Intertalker” wasted no time taking over my speakers with a brief thirty seconds of beauty and calm. This is the perfect palate cleanser for after “Step Out” and before “Sweet Talker”. “Sweet Talker” definitely expands on the almost retro feeling I caught a whiff of during “Step Out” and I loved it. There’s something so familiar about this track while feeling a little dangerous. The lyrics are super blunt and the almost sultry vibe of the vocals matches that perfectly. honestly, this is a thirst trap of a song and I loved it. It’s sexy, hot and heavy, and just downright perfect.
“Moonstruck” also has an edge to it but, instead of the sexy edge of “Sweet Talker”, there seems to be a little more punk edge. Now, I won’t go as far as to call this a punk track but I will say that, for a band like Crossfire Eagles, I think this is as close as I’m going to get to the comfort of punk. Even with this harder edge, there’s still something retro and indie-pop feeling about this track. The steady yet constant drumbeat really drives this song home and, before I knew it, “All You Know” had taken over my house. Much like “Episode”, the guitar that kicks off this track instantly drew me in and had me caught. There’s a sensitivity in the vocals throughout this track that I found infectious. Although the vocals are so full of energy and emotion throughout this album, I feel like they really hit their stride through this song.
I won’t lie, I was expecting a cover of The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields” when I saw that “Strawberry Fields” closes out this album and, I won’t lie, I really wanted to hear a cover of that track from Crossfire Eagles. Although disappointed to find that this is not a cover, that disappointment fell to the wayside almost immediately as a very 90’s influenced track took over my speakers. This 90’s vibe is not something I heard while listening to the previous tracks but, now that it’s brought to the forefront, I am wondering if it was there all along and I just didn’t catch on to it. Regardless, this final track has an arena sound like none other and it has me so optimistic and excited to see what the future holds for this amazing band!
My Favorite Track(s): “Step Out”
For Fans Of: Arena-Ready Drums; Anthemic Tracks
Mosh-ability: 4 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Autumn slept by the front door; Artie ate dinner
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 6 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 6.3 out of 10
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