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The Scones – The Greasy EP
By Ian Duggan
‘The Scones’ are back with a shiny new release, ‘The Greasy EP’. It’s been just on a year and a half since The Scones released their last EP, ‘The Trouble with Thompson’, which got plenty of play in my home and car. But while I loved the quality of the songs on that EP, ‘Greasy’ is a huge progression for the band. It has better lyrics, better musicianship, better cover art, and it sounds just so much more lush. Straight up; this is a great EP!
The EP starts with the quasi-title track, ‘Greasy Meal (A Song about Trains)’, which was one of two songs on the EP that had not been released amongst the band’s early demos. The most recently composed track, this song is a big leap forward for the band lyrically. Complex, amusing and far more cryptic than in their previous releases, I hope this is an indication of things to come. Another highlight on the EP is the upbeat ‘Ode to the Mountains’, with its perfect pop sensibilities; highly danceable, it made for a perfect set finisher at their last gig. The final track, ‘Roller Coaster’, begins more downbeat, but the sound builds through the song, highlighting Greg Edward’s increasingly skilled guitaring and excellent backing vocals, and introduces a melodica that really helps fill out the sound; this is a song that as a listener really sneaks up on you, such that by the end you are totally immersed in it.
Overall this is a brilliant EP, full of excellently crafted and well produced songs, which will reward any lovers of New Zealand indie-pop who give it a whirl.