Extended playdays: Daedalus' Right Eye/ Halloe Away

Part one of the music team's round-up of the latest EP releases - check back tomorrow for part two!

Daedalus’ Right Eye – Daedalus Right Eye

Daedalus’ Right Eye’s self titled EP is certainly not one that is meant to be taken at face value. Looking at the album cover it looks as though they are a heavy metal band, and before you even hear the first note you’re ready for your ear drums to be blasted to oblivion and for the inevitable complaints from your housemates. Press play, however, and it’s a complete shock to hear the soft notes that float from your speakers, and the songs that could be much better described as pop rather than heavy metal. There are moments when I’m reminded of Fall Out Boy, but on the whole they have developed their own musical style.

The music does get less “soft” as you get further into the EP, but it’s still a massive shock to the system. It can go from beautiful and soft to loud and a bit harsher within mere seconds, but this doesn’t sound clunky. The lyrics are slightly dark and edgy, a lovely change from the bland pop music that is normally around. Daedalus’ Right Eye are very versatile, going from the beautifully soft “The Light in Your Window” to the pop/rock “Mr McKeif”. Definitely a band to look out for in the future. - Claire Fretwell

Halloe Away – Halloe Away

The four-track EP from the local trio is an acoustic offering, and as such only features the barebones of a band: bass and acoustic guitars, with the occasional beat from a bass drum. Whilst enjoyable in their simplicity, the tracks at times sound a little one-dimensional: adding in another instrument or a wider use of backing vocals to provide a supporting melody at certain points would give them some extra flavour and lift the songs from being simply passable to actually pretty good (listening to it I was subconsciously creating a mash-up of opening tracks ‘Anneli’ and ‘Damned Man’).

As they stand, however, the tracks become somewhat repetitive, largely following the same format with a slow middle-section building to a climactic finish. Whilst the opening guitar motif of ‘Taking Back the Moon’ is a joy to listen to, the finale with its lack of drums is something of an anti-climax. Overall, it wouldn’t take much to improve this record and it shows definite potential, but as it is it feels a little bland. - Lucie Vincer

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