Okay, this EP has been sitting on my list since June and I feel terrible about it but it just never spoke to me until now. Something about the cover is telling me that this is exactly what I need to listen to this morning. It’s playful and whimsical but also has a message in it. I’m not sure what that message is but I can’t wait to find out as I listen to this quick self-titled EP from Native Space!
A twangy guitar kicks things off before things shift into an almost psychedelic and retro feeling track. Energetic and powerful yet far from chaotic or aggressive, the sounds that took over my house were absolutely perfect for my current mood. There’s something super timeless about the overall mood of this opening track. A little hint of southern rock and nods to some of the greats before them, I love how Native Space’s sound may sound a bit like a throwback but it doesn’t feel recycled or dated. There’s something fresh and energizing about their take on this more classic rock sound and I can already tell that this EP is going to be far too short for my liking.
“The Turnaround” drops some of the southern influence and brings an almost bluesy feel to this album. At just over five minutes long, this track is a bit longer than my attention span typically lasts for but the movement in the song kept me from getting bored or losing interest. Although, at face value, it sounds like a fairly simple and solid rock sound, when you really start to listen to the individual parts of this track, you start noticing all of these amazing little intricacies. From the light-hearted drums to the slight distortion on the guitars to the almost echoed effect that comes in on the vocals at times throughout the song, I found myself constantly looking for more of these intricacies and, before I knew it, the song was over and “Got This Feeling” had taken over my house.
Although the slowest track thus far on this four-track album, I instantly fell head over heels in love with “Got This Feeling”. Although it’s still Native Space’s distinct brand of rock n’ roll, there’s an almost 90s vibe that comes through on this track which, if you know me, will always have me sold. I also love how the vocals change their tone completely while still containing that undeniable energy felt in the first two tracks. The words just seem to come with a different sense of weight in this track which adds a sense of power and beauty to this track. Although I feel a sense of heaviness with this track at times, there are other times throughout the song where there’s a super light and refreshing mood that comes through. The way Native Space is able to balance these two feelings so perfectly is stunning and absolutely made this a stand-out track on an already amazing EP.
Native Space ends this EP with “Tell-A-Vision” which brings back that almost psychedelic influenced rock sound that was laid out on the first two tracks while continuing to show a different side of this versatile band. There’s a groove in this track that is completely infectious and had me dancing around like a fool at my desk. From an amazing yet calming guitar solo to the steady drumbeat and the silky smooth vocals, this final track took me away from my stressful Friday and put me in a very chill headspace while giving me a breath of energy which I so badly needed this morning. I mentioned that there was a message in the cover art of this album and that message comes to fruition in this final track but I’m not going to give it away. You know me better than that. You’ll just have to check this album out for yourself and see what it all means to you.
My Favorite Track(s): “Got This Feeling”
For Fans Of: Psychedelic Nods; Dancing and Smiling
Mosh-ability: 4 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie slept right by my front door; Autumn slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 6.5 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 7.2 out of 10
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