REVIEW: Eisley – “Deep Space”

[Feb. 14, 2012 – Equal Vision Records // Find it at: Amazon]


The predominant argument against Eisley’s eighth extended play is it’s simply not long enough. Recorded in their hometown of Tyler, Texas, Deep Space has the indie rock sibling troop at their very best, and at times through the soft texture of guitars and cushioned drum smacks, their most intimate. Lyrically and sonically, it’s one of their most distinctive listens. Throughout, the guitars tend to carry this knack for being smooth to backdrop the coo of Sherri and Stacy DuPree’s voices, and when the stop and go melodies flutter in (see addictive tendency of the chorus in”Lights Out”), they coax this heavy garage tone that adds a whole new layer to their sound. Even when the momentum change is only a mere few seconds, the transition is enough to throw you off course, which makes the garage rock undertones of the EP’s title track more appealing than the piano-heavy twang to the acoustic love bit “192 days”. The increased vocal confidence isn’t a much of a surprise on Deep Space, but the emotions they sketch are quite wounding. “Laugh It Off” tremors like a Feist recording with Stacy’s jazz soul glide into shoegaze and “One Last Song” is a complex blues rock painting showing how deep love goes with Eisley’s traceable songwriting collapsing into a reverb of gang vocals, leaving you, like most of the release, unexpectedly moved.

Download: “Deep Space”, “Laugh It Off”

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