Trevor Aarsvold (bass/vocals), Dean Erickson (guitar/vocals), Paul Winkelman (drums/vocals) and Colby Moores (guitar) are the newly formed band affogato. On their EP entitled finally, the band blends a number of different genres but match rock seemed to be the most overt style in my opinion. They are constantly changing out time signatures, showcasing hypnotic guitar progressions and generally just killing in the technical department.
The band did things right by going to a studio to record. I thought the drums, bass and guitar sounded great. My one gripe is the vocals. Not that they weren’t treated properly but I thought they were consistently too low in the mix. I’m sure that was a creative decision but there were times they were so faint you couldn't make out a word.
Right away I was impressed with what the band brought to the table. “Wishing you well” opens the EP. Smooth clean guitar lines blend with a precise rhythm section. The band latches on to a number of solid grooves. It’s not a particularly catchy song. It's a certified headphone song. Discreet, fleeting elements of post-rock pop on the song.
They have continued success with “unaccountable” and they start to cement their foundation as a band. There are some great melodies, transitions and overall musicianship displayed on this track. “Bloom” may be as close as the band gets to writing a catchy song.
As the album progresses the band continues to stay cohesive. I can’t say any songs were heads and shoulders better than any others. The songwriting is consistent and I never felt the band frivolously went into different genres.
Overall, finally is a great start for a young band. Don’t be afraid to turn those vocals up on the next record.
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