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The Slang – Night And Day – Album Review

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Instead of writing demo’s for their full albums, some bands truly craft EP’s as full-fledged records of their own. On The Slang‘s new EPĀ Night And Day the band land five solid songs mixing elements indie rock, with something dark. With a sound mixing parts Tokyo Police Club, Foo Fighters and The Killers, the release is a very catchy recording that will appeal to musicians too, while some occasional writing and recording only provide minor speed bumps along the way.

There’s a vintage rock feeling on “Ballad Of Everything” mixed with the subtle harmonies The Slang bring to the table. Echoing guitars, floating synths and slowly building vocals drive the song to its energetic chorus, even if an at times flat recording keeps it from going even further. That said there’s amazing sounding string arrangements on this track, most notably at the intensely emotional ending where they take centre stage.

On “Breakthrough” the band mixes piano and bass driven verses with immensely catchy choruses that not only beg for chants but have the energy in their instrumentation to get people dancing too. The layering of guitars throughout the song as well as the layered vocals make it a fun dance-rock track that grows on ears with each chorus.

The ringing distortion of guitars take the lead on “Miracle Sound” but a build of additional background vocals on every additional chorus makes each one unique and better than the last. The track feels almost too simple early on and later goes in three new directions back-to-back resulting in some jarring pacing. It should be said however that despite its jarring progression the choruses are the heart of the track and they deliver in spades.

Night & Day” is throttled by its vicious drums that never let up even when they’re doing all the work. Choruses go from predictable yet catchy to excitingly jazzy in a blink of an eye and the bands continuing efforts to layer parts with each repeat of a section makes tracks like this one even more enjoyable.

The sadness in album closer “Remember To Forget” gives another powerfully emotional note to end the album with vigor, elevated further by the flawless strings. Amazingly human lyrics take the emotional weight of the song’s arrangement even further and a closing instrumental break ends the album on a great climax.

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