Day seven of no air conditioning. Still not a fan of this lifestyle but, sadly, getting used to it. Still looking for distractions to get me through this mess so let’s see if Leisure Sport’s new ‘Title Card’ EP will do the trick!
This quick, five-song EP kicks off with “Tennessee”. This opening track absolutely pulled me in in just the right way. Although it starts off with powerful and almost abrasive instrumentation, as soon as Dana DiGennaro’s vocals come in, all is smoothed out in a most beautiful way. There’s something comforting and warm about this opening track but also something so ridiculously powerful and raw. It’s a perfect blend of everything I love and a great way to kick off this album.
“Zero Sun” isn’t an acoustic track in any way but it just has this more singer-songwriter vibe that I instantly fell in love with. I thought that Dana’s vocals would soar throughout this album so I was a bit surprised as a male voice (being provided by Kyle Balkin) took the lead in this track but also loved that. Although it’s clearly a different voice, it has the same amount of warmth as in the first track. Having two voices being so different while giving off the same overall sound in a strange way is absolutely a feat and Leisure Sport makes it sound so easy.
There was a sense of emotional heaviness that came with the first two tracks but “Stones”, the third track on this five-song release, brings a lighter feeling that I instantly fell head over heels for. The beat is much dancier but the words still come dripping with raw emotion in such a stunning way. This was absolutely a favorite of mine on this album but it seemed it was over far too quick and “Lost and Found” wasted no time taking over my speakers. This track trades in the infectious and upbeat nature of “Stones” and replaces it with something just a bit more epically beautiful. This is a tender track with almost lullaby-type aspects while not coming off as minimalistic or simple. It’s still a powerful track but there’s just something super soft about the edges of this track that I absolutely adored.
The emotional and sonic power of Leisure Sport continues to the bitter end of this EP in the form of “Images”. This is definitely the track with the most edge to it and I’d be lying if I said I wish I hadn’t heard more of this edge in the previous tracks. Although I love the tenderness that this band has and the raw emotional power, there’s just something about the almost grungey guitars that create an almost fuzz-like atmosphere for this final track while vocals soar about it all and really drive this EP home.
A little nostalgic, a little soft, a little abrasive– this EP might be only five songs and seventeen minutes and thirty seconds long but this release truly has it all. Okay Leisure Sport, you have my attention (and my heart)!
My Favorite Track(s): “Stones”
For Fans Of: Hints of Nostalgia; Raw Lyrics; Powerful Trios
Mosh-ability: 6.7 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Both cats laid on the wood floor behind me and right in front of a fan
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 9 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 9.7 out of 10
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