Notes From The Underground With Spy Movie

By on Monday, 30th March 2009 at 12:00 pm
 

Spy Movie – Philip Larkin Said EP

It’s hard to define this band, they’re something like Joy Division fronted by Debbie Harry.. The EP is smooth and flows well, opener ‘Philip Larkin Said’ is slightly more pleasant than anything Ian & Co. would have churned out but it maintains a very 80s vibe. The carefully chosen guitar chords towards the end provide a summer feel and the track is indie-pop brilliance..

Second track ‘What Would Morrissey Say?’ is immediately darker and the bass provides a brilliant tone for the track. The lyrics also take a sinister twist; “I walk a lonely road/Of disenchantment, misery and regret.” The track as a whole seems much more lowbeat and the bass in particular is brilliant in commanding the verses and keeping the song as a whole in rhythm.

‘Keswick’ is the final track on this EP and starts off with a gentle acoustic strum and soft vocals follow. The band have shown good musical versatility through the record, their tone ranging from the upbeat opener, to the dark ‘What Would Morrissey Say?’ and finally the soft acoustic ‘Keswick.’ Soft on the ears and light on the tone the song brings a good closing to a solid début.

Whilst there are many strong points, the vocals are inconsistent, whilst the delicate voice of Kat is suited to tracks like ‘Keswick,’ the darker tracks demand more haunting vocals (see Ian Curtis (or even Morrissey**;)wink;)**)) This is the only place the EP falls and perhaps alternating vocals between the male and female leads would serve the backing music better.. All in all though the EP is brilliant.. What would Morrissey say?? Probably well done..

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