In the Post #119: Little Comets preview ‘Little Italy’ from forthcoming ‘The Gentle EP’

By on Tuesday, 4th February 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

Following on from their American label signing to Dualtone Records last summer, Little Comets have released new songs ahead of their February UK tour. The songs, which include this one, ‘Little Italy’, and ‘The Blur, the Line and the Thickest of Onions’, feature on their next release ‘The Gentle EP’, out the 24th of February that the band are self-releasing. Little Comets have never been ones to follow the pack, so it should come as no surprise whatsoever that ‘Little Italy’, the first of the songs to get a public airing, sounds off-kilter and terribly original as their previous offerings.

The meaning behind the song is described eloquently by Rob Coles himself here, so I’m not going to go into that. Instead, I’m going to focus on the sound of the song. What Rob does very well when he sings is use his voice as another instrument, which is as it should be. In ‘Little Italy’, his vocals are like an additional set of percussion, its staccato quality akin to a ballet dancer’s feet bouncing and pirouetting across the score. It’s nothing short of impressive. His brother Mickey’s guitar lines are in tandem with the vocals, sounding in my mind, mathematical in their precision. There are these weird buzzing, industrial notes that I’m guessing are either a guitar or bass with an effect placed on them, but I can’t be sure. I did say ‘original’, didn’t I?

After the first chorus and the song approaches the second verse, the guitar lines descend and what sound like bells going through another effect pass as the song turns poppier at Matt Hall’s bass comes in. The lyrics are a bit dense in content (the chorus goes, “Life don’t animate / just creeps up on you slowly / Surely holy water / flows as normal water does? / In Little Italy I re-adhere”) but somehow the musical treatment seems to suit them, even as those buzzing notes in the bridge sound somewhat ominous. Overall though, what’s most important is that the sound of ‘Little Italy’ is compelling, and that’s all that matters. Is it a song that can be replayed without one getting bored? And is it a song with a sound you will be remember? A resounding yes on both counts.

7.5/10

Little Comets’ ‘The Gentle EP’ will be released by the band themselves on the 24th of February.

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