Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies – Labyrinths EP

Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies - Labyrinths

Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies - Labyrinths EP

On the neir new EP, Labyrinths, Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies presents a sugary retelling of Jorge Luis Borges literary works of magical realism. Sadly, the band’s insistent, overbearing chamber pop makes a poor vehicle for Borges’ themes, as all things conceptual or nuanced in the text get instantly flattened in the babble.

Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies are talented, and the rich arrangements on this brief EP are tasty. But the songs, as well as their delivery, lack imagination. Labyrinths peaks with track 2, “Shutterbug”. This songĀ  tries a variety of rhythms and tempos, and is probably the most successful work of pure pop on the EP. Meanwhile, “The Garden of Forking Paths” lyrically feels a little more like Borges, yet the melody comes straight off the assembly line.

While fun and youthful at times, Labyrinths doesn’t elevate the listener. And, in turn, the EP fails to set Steve Goldberg and the Arch Enemies apart. The band’s excellent use of instruments, including violin, cello, trumpet, and trombone in a pop rock environment is a major strength. It is unfortunate that they limited their expression to pedestrian, safe pop shortcuts.

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