The cover art on Native Daughters’ ‘Ultimo Capo’ is brilliant and gorgeous. It has a sense of whimsy while being dark and almost haunting. I have no clue who Native Daughters is but I am so stoked to check out this quick three-song, 12″ EP based on the cover art alone.
“War And Ghee” starts off this 3-track EP on an intriguing note. An almost industrial-styled sound gets the beat started before more intricate and subtle layers start rolling in. These layers grow and grow until, after about a minute and a half, chugging guitars and slamming drums come in and power this track all the way through the end. Full of energy and a slight hint of aggression, I found myself quickly getting lost in Native Daughters’ world and I honestly already knew I never wanted to leave. This opening track is all over the place from pure power and darkness to almost sing-song style guitar work that floats over the murky darkness of the drums and bass. Although a bit longer than my attention span tends to allow for, I found myself completely captivated throughout this six-minute track. I didn’t even notice the lack of vocals (which is usually the first thing that catches my attention about a band) until this opening track had ended. That just goes to show you how much power and creativity this band has.
“Natural Sisters” continues with the undeniable sense of power and creativity laid out in “War And Ghee”. The guitar continues to be the star of the show in this track but it is impossible to just listen to that. There is so much going on in this second track and there are so many different layers that this will absolutely be a song (and EP) that I have to listen to a few times before I can say I really get it. That being said, I do get the overall vibe of Native Daughters with this first listen through and I love it. I truly can not describe the amount of power and musical genius that is heard loud and clear throughout these three songs. It’s just one of those things you will have to hear for yourself. I fear my words will never do it justice.
Sadly, the final track of this release, “Girth Crisis”, is also the shortest. It is also probably my favorite on this three-song album. There’s a more sensitive and tender vibe about this track but still no lack of energy or power. I love how easily Native Daughters balances this line. Although a slower and more tender track, it still had me captivated until the very end. At face value, this track may sound a bit more hollow than the more aggressive nature of the first two tracks but, as you get sucked into this final song, you start to hear more and more intricacies and layers. Truly a brilliant song and a great way to cap off an amazing release.
My Favorite Track(s): “Girth Crisis”
For Fans Of: Pure Power; Intricate Layers
Mosh-ability: 6 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie slept on the living room floor; Autumn slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 7 out of 10
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