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EP REVIEW : Future Talk – 'The Path That Sadness Paved EP'Gloucestershire’s alt-rock band, Future Talk, release their debut EP The Path That Sadness Paved on the 24th August 2015. Delivering an impressive blend of guitar melodies, expressive vocals, drum assaults and memorable lyrics the 4-track EP is an impressive introduction for a band created from the remnants of a number of past musical projects.

Future Talk have developed a style highly reminiscent of the likes of Mallory Knox and Lower Than Atlantis – combining elements of post-hardcore with indie rock –  and with the bands latest single ‘Sleeping Pills’, already given credible airplay from the likes of Kerrang and XFM.

Kicking off their EP with an instant explosion of drums and guitar melodies, the opening track and aforementioned single ‘Sleeping Pills’ hits the listener at full force and demands attention.  The intensity of the track is driven by the fierce drumming provided by Max Elderfield and the incredibly powerful vocals of front man Alex Taylor; whose passion and emotion is conveyed to the listener through every lyric.  As a whole, the combination of all of these elements, with the heavy style and memorable chorus, defines this as the showcase and standout single from the EP.

In contrast, ‘Shadow Poet’ carries a much softer opening with gentle, unaccompanied guitar chords. This quiet does not last long however, as the rest of the band explode into life with the onset of Taylor’s vocals.  A striking guitar riff builds up the momentum in preparation for the final chorus and the song culminates in an impressive guitar trill. ‘The Cliffs As A Reminder’, takes a more sombre tone lyrically, yet musically there is little reflection of these dark undertones.  The guitarists, Jay McQuilkin and Jack Cadenhead, again compliment each other brilliantly and the inclusion of the piano creates a light-hearted tone that starkly contrasts with the meaning of the song. This perhaps serves as a message of never give up: both to the listener and the fictional protagonist – either way, it produces an interesting effect.

The EP’s climax comes in the form of ‘Fear Life’. Future Talk explore new territory, combining soft, instrumental passages with hard-hitting choruses and drum assaults.  The softer verses, especially in the instances when they are paired with the impassioned vocals of Alex Taylor, create an almost haunting effect, that successfully conveys the heartbreaking tone of the lyrics to the listener.  Taylor sings: ‘I’ve lost all feeling/In a world with no meaning/I have no will to survive.’  This track speaks to everybody who has ever felt like giving up and so the raw emotion that the vocalist displays within these powerful choruses truly speaks to the listener.  As the protagonist is ultimately saved from self-destruction, the song culminates on a more positive note, as Taylor ends: ‘And I wanted you to know/You’re why I never did.’  This is an intense and moving track that shows Future Talk’s ability to successfully diversify their style.

While there is nothing particularly original over the four tracks it doesn’t deter from the impressive musicianship and likeable songwriting. This is after all a well-trodden genre but ‘The Path That Sadness Paved’ offers a solid start for a group very much at the beginning of their musical journey.

‘The Path That Sadness Paved’ is released on the 24th August 2015

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EP REVIEW : Future Talk – 'The Path That Sadness Paved EP'

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