KynchinLay – Drink Me – EP Review

KynchinLay from England are on the brink of releasing their five track EP Drink Me.

KynchinLay - Drink Me

KynchinLay – Drink Me

It is always a pleasure to receive hard copies of releases and it is even more appreciated when it is one of only two hundred CDs available. You may recall in my review of KynchinLay back in August I bemoaned the lack of an EP and Drink Me more than makes up for the wait.

Opening with the discordant Leave Me Alone, the band set out the mood of the release, with its brooding presence, casting clouds around the room as the trio deliver a menacing opener which is filled with melodic textures giving the track the sense of an impeding tempest in a piece which extends to a second under four minutes.

The acoustic Live Free Or Die finds the band in a completely unexpected space as the social commentary of the lyric is given centre stage. This is a powerful and superbly executed piece of song writing. Dylan, Gospel, Folk and Hammond Organ combine in a piece of music you just need to replay immediately. I recommend getting hold of the CD and the Digital Download on it’s release in May for this track alone.

Next up comes Public Execution which takes the listener back to the darkness of the trio. KynchinLay have the ability to write songs which develop the mood of the lyrical content within the instrumentation and off-stage sounds, giving the audience both an immediate auditory enjoyment, whilst creating additional context to the pieces.

Dogfathers deploys the bass that as you well know is always my very reason for existence and for the fact of the depth of resonance, my pick of the release.

With sadness we come to the final track My Heart the off beat reggae / Klezmer influenced composition lifts away the gloomy clouds of Drink Me as Kynchilay deliver a gem of a release.

You have a few hours head-start to contact the band to place an order for the CD as the official launch of the CD is this evening in Liverpool at Threshold. My thoughts – if you are near to Liverpool, change your plans for this evening. If you can’t make it or want to ensure you have a copy of the CD drop them a message via their Facebook Page, as, at present the website is being finalised.

I hope the release of Drink Me gives Kynchinlay the step up the ladder they richly deserve as they are highly talented song writers and musicians with much to offer an International audience.

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