Episode – Lost In Cali – Audio

The US alt-rock quartet Episode were introduced earlier this year.

Episode - Lost In Cali


Those of more forensic critique will know that bands are very rarely featured more than once every two months and as it is only February I must be coming back to Episode early. I have no doubt it surprises you less than it does Julian, who received a full barrel blast of vehemence for his email of this latest track, so why is it happening?

You will recall the previous article, whilst supportive of the music jousted with the track construction and for those who are new to the site, I can argue on the head of a pin if I feel like it. It is with some pleasure that I return to Episode with their latest track, which confounds all previous consternations in a seemingly rambling number that somehow still fits within three minutes, which for its very nature has a more honest and connective tissue with the audience.

Two and three quarter minutes of acoustic-meanderings seem to extend to watching the embers fading on beach bonfire until dawn as Episode elongate the time-piece with vocal slipping in and out of tempo with the accompanying instrumentation and supporting echoes.

This is nowhere near as commercially centred as Swim and for that will suffer radio-play, but that is precisely why this site exists, to explore that which sits out of the mainstream and I thank Episode for hanging out with those of us playing in the surf at dawn.

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Episode – Swim – Audio

Episode is a US alt-rock quartet.



Having undergone something of a hiatus Episode have regathered themselves with some new musical thoughts and like a fresh coat of paint Swim surfaced earlier this week.

Whilst aiming to make an immediate arrow dart of radio-friendly rock there are sufficient ill-threaded loops of cotton that dangle to make the track of interest to those of us who like some scruffiness with their attire.

Dusty hooves of guitar scuff the soil as the bass snorts its nostrils and the drums rein the Liverpool bit allowing the vocal to parade in symbolic canter.

One can only hope that this ‘return’ song is merely a presage to more of the growling nature that underlies Swim, rather than the turgid ending to meet the supposed radio-play three minute deadline, as, if Episode get over the crass need for ‘raw score numbers’ and concentrate on their authenticity, there is much that underscores potential live performance worth getting to see rather than half-baked ‘Management production’.

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