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Inbokeh

Into the Sun

Review by Gary Hill

These guys have produced a solid EP here. The music is essentially alternative rock, to give it a nutshell kind of label. There is a decent range within, though. That said, nothing really shifts the paradigm. When the music is this good, that doesn’t really matter, though.

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Track by Track Review
Cool Days

Coming in with fuzz laden abandon, this song has a really catchy vibe to it. It’s a bit grunge, a bit psychedelia and a good helping of Radiohead. Yet, there is also an almost dream pop vibe. It’s a meaty number that’s very effective. In some ways it even calls to mind the power pop of bands like Cheap Trick.

Too Good To Be My Devil
Although not any kind of major seismic shift, this lands more on the hard rocking side of things. In some ways it makes me think of Jane’s Addiction. It’s another strong tune for sure.
Spend Time
Power pop leaning alternative rock is the order of business here. It’s another strong number, but perhaps a bit too samey.
Head Out Into The Sun
The bass starts this is a classy melodic line. The band seemed to sense that they needed to bring some variety to the table. This cut has that powerpop element, but in a lot of ways is closer to dream pop than anything else. This is one of the best tracks of the whole set.
Stay
Much more of a screaming hot hard rocker, this is another standout. It still manages some catchy hooks, but is the most straightahead thing here. I love the guitar soloing, too.
Ghosts In My Hallway
There are no big changes here. Instead, this lands on the power-pop end of the spectrum. It’s just such a tasty song, it doesn’t matter whether it’s like the rest or not.
 
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