Netherfriends- Calling You Out EP

Netherfriends- Calling You Out EP

Netherfriends- Calling You Out EP

EPs can usually be taken with a grain of salt; placeholders for the real deal, the LP. The EP isn’t the place a band wants to flex all of their muscle. Netherfriends either didn’t get the memo, shoving out  its finest tunes, or the members really are just tuning up until the LP is ready. If they are just ‘fucking around’ on Calling You Out and saving their big guns for their proper full length debut, then watch out, because it’s going to incredible.

Netherfriends’ most striking feature is its flurry of layered arrangements, contrasted with simple piano. The result is a swirling warmness that is both accessible and intricately executed. Shawn Rosenblatt’s luminous melodies cultivate the music even further, making this a collage of perfectly operated pop. Opener “Friends With Lofts” is an absolute gem, displaying otherworldly catchiness along with entrancing yet engaging instrumentation. A song with that sort of prowess easily fits in with all other top-notch psych-pop. “Don’t Invite Me” closes out with a sweet, hook laden, fully formed piece, and gives the EP a fantastic way to finish.

It really is a shame that this couldn’t be stretched out into an LP. It’s fantastic work either way, but a proper full length would have seemed so much more concrete in establishing the band’s career. An EP will have to keep us satisfied, which is okay with me considering how strong Calling You Out is. It’s the best EP of the year, that’s for sure. Hopefully, this is just a young band getting warmed up, and their best stuff is yet to come. We’ll have to wait and see what’s in store for this band, as their audience grows as does the anticipation of an LP. For now, grab Calling You Out, you’ll love it.