Wait, did a festival get announced today or something? My excitement level has been out of control since I saw the flyer for the ‘When We Were Young’ show in Las Vegas and realized it was real. To say my mind has been going a million different directions after this realization would be an understatement. The amount of texts, coordinating, stress, and everything else is out of control even though tickets aren’t even on sale yet. I need to come back down to earth and pull it together so I can get some more work done tonight so let’s dig into this super quick EP from Fez & The Lost Souls and see if it helps level me out a bit.
“The One That Got Away” kicks this three-song release off in a very smooth way. From the bassline to the drum hits, everything about the intro to this track pulls you in and makes you forget whatever is in your head in such a perfect way and that’s exactly what I was looking for. A little playful but with an undeniable sense of power, I loved how although this song takes you away from your own thoughts, it also keeps you calm and very at ease. The smoothness is only amplified as the beautiful vocals come in and take over. They aren’t too high or too low and clearly fit the vocalist’s voice and range perfectly while keeping the track feeling dynamic. There are a lot of layers in this track that took me a little bit of time to catch on to but, at four and a half minutes long, there is more than enough time to catch it all by the time this stunning opener comes to a close. I don’t mean that to come off as this song is too long because it feels like the perfect length but just really did appreciate that the band takes their time with this song and laying out all of the amazing elements they have to offer.
Although I loved the length of “The One That Got Away”, I also loved the quickness of “Isabella” that lasts just shy of two minutes. This song takes the vocals out of the equation and really dives into the beautiful instrumentation that Fez & the Lost Souls has to offer. It’s almost a bit overwhelming and I found myself getting a bit lost in my head again during this track while not being able to ignore the pure genius coming through my speakers. I’ll admit, this song is instrumental and a bit more acoustic feeling vibe wise which are not typically my favorite things but the beauty and creativity in this quick song had me sold.
“The Girl From Cagliari” closes out this release perfectly. It brings back the silky smooth vocals heard in “The One That Got Away” while bringing just a bit more of a punchiness to the sound as if closing out the album on a triumphant note. Something about the word choice in this final song had me absolutely shook. I’m sure this element was there in the first track as well but for some reason the songwriting style of the lyrics had me falling deeper and deeper for every word until I was left in silence and found my heart longing for so much more from this band. I don’t know where you came from, Fez & the Lost Souls, but I love you and can’t wait to hear more from you!
My Favorite Track(s): “The Girl From Cagliari”
For Fans Of: Powerful But Soothing Vocals; Layers on Layers
Mosh-ability: 2 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie slept on the back of the couch; Autumn screamed from the kitchen for dinner
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 6 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 7.8 out of 10
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