Having kept a keen eye on the development of Evarose (formerly Harlequinn) since I first saw them perform back in 2006, it is with great pleasure I can give their debut release under this new guise a very positive review.
In the past, you could have accused Evarose of trying to accomplish too much. The use of two singers, whilst effective in places, at times created a juxtaposition that was too great to overcome.
Now, however, this confusion of sounds has evaporated, to be replaced by aggressive, combative songs, which cast aside all premise, and head straight for any sore spots.
Opening track “We Can Pretend Anyway” is a more than promising start to proceedings. Leading with catchy riffs, and heavily layered, powerful choruses, it acts as a bridge between a selection of rock sub-genres. Throw in a sing-along, and some radio-friendly editing, and Evarose are on to a winner.
“Today Is A Minute Too Long” is a chance to familiarize yourselves with Dannika Webber’s impressive vocal range. As a result, it’s as if the rest of the instruments are happy to take a back seat, to let her vocals dictate the song. The finished product is a cacophony of emotion thrust upon us, in an effective way.
Moving through the EP, to “Flatline”, we become increasingly aware of how technically gifted the girls are. It’s as if anything that could be done to make the song more complex has been done. In spite of this, you don’t get the wild, untangled sounds that are usually the offspring of technical musicians. Instead these layers work with one-another, with fantastic results.
“Kissing Teeth” is a personal favourite. Ironically it is chosen for it’s comparatively minimalist sound in places; again Webber’s voice dominates this ballsy, hormonal anthem.
“Glass”, whilst lacking slightly in mainstream appeal, is still a worthy song to be heard. Like its predecessors, it’s all passion, but in places this threatens to go that half a step too far.
There isn’t much more to say about the EP as a whole. It’s catchy and abrasive all in one; A very accomplished opening gambit. The only juxtapositions now are the compliments this work deserves; it’s brash yet polished. It’s in-your-face, yet subtle. It’s professional, yet so very personal. In short, if this debut is anything to go by, Evarose are going places. Keep your eyes and ears peeled.