Album Review: Longfellow – Remedy EP

By on Thursday, 16th April 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

Longfellow Remedy EP coverLast summer, London-based alt rock / pop outfit Longfellow released the highly enjoyable ‘Prelude’, a so-called mini-album of tracks. More than an EP but marginally less than a full album, it certainly whet my appetite for further from the five-piece. I’ve been told their debut album is on the horizon (let’s hope it’ll see the light of day later in 2015), but on Monday, the band will release the EP ‘Remedy’, which will tide us over until we get their debut.

‘Remedy’ is a curious title, isn’t it? Are we talking about a cure of medicinal means, or something less literal or obvious, like Little Boots and her “dancing is my remedy, remedy”? There may only be four songs on offer here, but as a neat little set of songs, they run the gamut of human emotion in love and present different options for resolving relationships. The EP begins with strong single ‘Where I Belong’, which at first sounds vaguely stalkerish until you queue it up a couple times.

I was quickly got sucked into the mesmerising rhythm and held onto the spare yet somehow sultry guitar and piano notes (placed perfectly, I might add), and then I fully understood where the song was going. The chorus – “I confess it / I wanna see right through / wanna keep you ’til you’re dust and bone / I want to love ’til my heart stops beating / wanna hold you ’til you turn to stone” – indicates the protagonist of this song is, yes, obsessed with the object of his affection, but the overwhelming sense of loving desire overtakes eeriness. We previously featured ‘Medic’ as a Video of the Moment, and as has been described here and elsewhere, there’s a reason why Longfellow has been tipped to be the successor (and I pray the eventual toppler) to stadium kings Coldplay. Driven by piano tremeloes at the start, it continues to build to an anthemic chorus of “we need to work it out, work it out / we all need a little love sometimes”.

‘Chokehold’ is another beauty but its tempo is gentler; its premise is in stark contrast to ‘Where I Belong’, as it chronicles the need to get out of a toxic relationship, and how important it is to let go when a good thing has gone bad. The one oddball on the EP is track three, ‘Fabric’, which incorporates percussive, echoey synths against at times r&b lead vocal for a more mainstream pop effect. It’s not bad but some reason, it’s not entirely believable from these lads (“you’re so cold, you make my temper rise”), so here’s to hoping the debut album as a whole sounds more like the other three tunes. Fingers crossed.

8/10

Longfellow’s new EP ‘Remedy’ is out next Monday, the 20th of April, on Fierce Panda Records. Catch them at Live at Leeds on the 2nd of May and playing a headline show at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen in London on the 5th of May. For past TGTF coverage on Longfellow, head this way.

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One Response

3:31 pm
16th April 2015

Your CommentsDear Mary It’s about time you stopped using OLD pictures of Longfellow and updated your records.

Isaac Shiman, bassist, (2nd from the right in your above photo) left the band a year ago and was replaced by Lewis Fowler and furthermore there are rumours that Tom Warhurst, drummer (Far left) has also left.

Furthermore, how dare you slag off ‘ Fabric ‘ from the Remedy EP . OK agreed it’s not as instant as Where I Belong or Medic, but it’s nice to see the band trying out new things and progressing a little bit, without abandoning their trademark sound or style. Owen’s vocals on this are deliciously delicate and add them to the (nice to hear) group harmonies and you end up with a formidable fragile slow burner of a track, which is up there with their best.
Give this a few more plays and i’m sure you’ll be singing this in your sleep. 9 out of 10 for the song and your review.

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