This EP sees Winnipeg’s Salinas branch out from its previous work to reveal a more mature sound and an atmospheric approach musically. Opener Paralyzing Lows sounds like vocalist Matt Austman’s heart ripped itself out of his chest to sing the song itself, his vocals are so raw and believable. The song ends with a fantastic meld of Austman’s beautifully drawn out bellows, haunting “whoas” and a hypnotizing screaming guitar that pleads for closure. Mantra consists of dreamy pop arrangements best served as accompaniment for one who gets lost in one’s own head - whereas the closer, Insufferable, is the darkest of the three thanks to bassist Darcy Penner’s low, growling bass during the bridge. Granted, it’s only three songs but it’s enough to introduce and secure listeners to the band’s new sound. Also, it successfully leaves you eager to hear its follow-up, tentatively scheduled for an August release. Personally, I can’t wait.

Published in Volume 66, Number 20 of The Uniter (February 22, 2012)

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