Kane Coles and Peter Cox are A Little Something Missing. The band from Sydney, Australia recently released Dreams and Other Failures. There are five songs here all of which are a blast to listen to and fit nice and snug into the indie rock/folk category. A band like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Dodos or The Shins is in a similar wheelhouse.
The EP opens with “The Drifter” and the song for lack of a better word is delightful. It’s smooth and joyous and I really enjoyed the aesthetic quality of the vocals. Suffice it to say the song is infectious and full of catchy melodies. The lyrics are well done as well and slightly poetic. Lines like, “All the sweat and booze dried up superglue that kept us tight / Life’s a game of musical chairs and me I’m all alone, alone at night” showcase his unique use of language.
Up next is “Bill” which like the first song has a quality that makes it very accessible and it felt like ear candy. It doesn't feel heavy but it also isn’t light. The feeling of the song reminded me of having a good day. There is a pretty brilliant detuning they pull off with the guitars along with a breakdown and resurgence that hit the right points.
“Good with My Lying” focuses on vocals and guitars at first although there are some additional elements that reminded me of Neutral Milk Hotel. There is a fantastic breakdown that builds back up with organ. The song is emotionally powerful and digs into both melancholy and joy. There is a really clever use of synth towards the end of the song.
“I Like the Way You Like My Like” displays some other sides to their talent. There are moments where the music reminded me of other styles between folk and rock. There is some more experimentation in this song along with additional singers. I loved the way they stacked singers and built it in a way that really benefited the song.
They close with “Hazy Days” which could be a highlight amongst highlights. The song is perhaps the most hopeful and I want to say empowering. It was a great way to end.
There is a little something lost when trying to explain the quality of these songs. There is something about the more microscopic qualities of these songs which make this an exceptional release. They go five for five with these songs and is an absolute must for fans of the genre. Highly recommended.
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