I’ve really been slacking on these album reviews and I am seriously so sorry! I know every time I start a post off with that, I promise that I will do better but that’s just not working so I make no promises other than the promise that I love you all and absolutely adore all of the bands that are constantly sending more material to review! Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s take a listen to Water Weight’s new EP ‘Deco Swamp’ and see what this band is all about!
“Coastline” eases you into the world that is Water Weight in such a beautiful way. A calming guitar kicks the track off before silky smooth vocals come in and take over. A little Americana, a little southern twang, and a whole lot of heart, although I thought I was in the mood for something a bit more aggressive and in your face this morning, this opening track had me sold on whatever else was going to come with this EP.
The second track on this six-song EP, “Glass Towers” continues to lay out Water Weight’s gorgeous sound while bringing a bit more of an energetic edge to the table. This was an instant favorite of mine. There’s just something about the infectious beat of this track and the brilliant story-telling lyrics that had me smiling from ear to ear within the first couple of words. Although it’s freezing outside up here in Minneapolis today, there was something warming about this track and the overall word choice throughout the song that had me feeling like I was on a beautiful beach somewhere or out on a warm patio with a cold drink in my hand.
Although the lyrics of the first two tracks absolutely caught my attention, it wasn’t until “Dogs on the Corner” that I really tuned in to what was being said and I instantly wanted to back and start the EP all over again. I briefly mentioned the storytelling aspect of Water Weight but I really need to emphasize that. The words are strung together to create brilliant stories that, although at times seem a bit mundane as far as the content, really bring a sense of personality and accessibility to this band. That mixed with their overall calming vibe really just makes for a brilliant listen that is both easy to hear and powerful as far as what it evokes from your soul.
Although all of the tracks so far have been over three minutes long, they seem to just fly by and, before I knew it, “Lost Time”, the fourth track on this album, had taken over my speakers. There’s something a bit more intentional about this track. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a gorgeous and stunning track but there’s just an almost somber aura in the air of this track. The lyrics are presented with just a little bit more of a bitter tongue which I absolutely adore. I love how this track is still very reminiscent of the previous tracks but shows a whole new side of this band at the same time. I found myself hanging onto every word throughout this track which led to disappointment as the song faded out and made way for “May Day” which quickly brought a more optimistic singer-songwriter vibe to my house. The softness of this track follows up the slight bitterness of “Lost Time” in a perfect way. Even though I would consider this song to be fairly soft, I loved the addition of light horns in the background. They are subtle but act as a perfect exclamation point to this amazing track.
“Tide” closes out this album the same way it started– cool, calm, and collected with that southern twang and brilliant overall composition and lyrics but adds an almost bluesy vibe. I loved that although this was the final track on the EP, Water Weight was still throwing some new vibes and sounds my way and kept it interesting until the very end. A lot of bands have their distinct sound. Hell- that’s all I ever write about but it’s rare to find a band that has a distinct sound that bridges into so many different moods and tones. Well done, Water Weight, well done!
My Favorite Track(s): “Glass Towers”
For Fans Of: Cool, Calm and Collected Vibes; Story-telling Lyrics
Mosh-ability: 2 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie slept right next to my desk; Autumn slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 6 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 7.2 out of 10
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