The second Acoustic EP from Joe Symes And The Loving Kind. A softer side to the band.
- Calling Out To You
- Things Get Better
- Shoot Us Down
- All Of The Things We Said
Reviews for the Acoustic Variations, Volume 1
Joe Symes and the Loving Kind go for a total switch of the gears with their latest outing, an EP titled “Acoustic Variations”. If you’re lucky enough to know their previous eponymous album, then you will know how much of a departure “Acoustic Variations” is.
This EP is also a total 180° departure from the last album in many ways. It is considerably more subdued in it’s delivery. The album “Joe Symes and the Loving Kind” was a lot more rigid in it’s delivery where as “Acoustic Variations” is more subdued while the band is more comfortable in their surroundings. Some of the songs, such as “Fine Line” almost have a vintage quality to them while “I’m Gonna Find Out Some Day” gives the hooks of a modern classic of a band with experience.
Joe Symes has one of those voices that was just made for singing; it’s smooth and has a distinctive tone. His vocals effortlessly enhance the songs. The first track, “I’m Gonna Find Out Some Day”, was originally featured as a b-side to the single “Things Get Better”. This new acoustic version is a rhythmic and upbeat tune that will get your toes tapping. The second song, “Fine Line”, appeared on the band’s debut album. The acoustic version is a great stripped-back variation. Like the first song, it has an upbeat tempo and engages the listener with its thought-provoking lyrics. The excellent “You’re Not Coming Back Tomorrow”, is the slowest song on the EP: the lyrics are melancholic, and the way the song ends quite abruptly with the words, ‘you’re not coming back tomorrow’, gives it quite a dramatic and poignant feel. “No Turning Back”, is a nice ending to the EP; quite an introspective song that has a steady rhythm, and lyrics that tell a story. Throughout the EP the band have used many interesting percussion instruments, adding an extra depth to the acoustic versions. It’s an accomplished collection of songs from this talented band. “Acoustic Variations” has a chilled-out sound and is perfect for relaxing to. Look out for it when it goes on sale on the 20th of January. You can listen to a sampler of the EP on their website.
With FOUR tracks and being released on the 20th January 2017 through Truly Independant Records, the Liverpudlian band are ready to show they can mix things up a great way!
Looking at the track listing you may be familiar with but more chilled so to say yet stil having the JSATLK feel you always love!
Track 1 ‘ ‘I’m Gonna Find Out One Day’ the smooth vocals fro Joe just grabs your attention and with distinctive instrumental it pieces the song together magically.
Track 2 ‘Fine Line’ a more upbeat and bouncy track to get you moving to the beat which this definitely does.
Lyrics that just bounce of each word and very easily remembered to sing a long too.
Track 3 ‘ Your Not Coming Back Tomorrow’
Again a unique instrumental that makes you look forward to where the track will go then once the vocals come in slow but you are just mesmerized by the song. Sounding very personally but sang beautifully.
‘No Turning Back’ a very story telling song that you just feel it’s so laid back and chilled giving the ending of a EP a magnificent ending!