Ben Hilzer and Jayme Cole are a Denver-based duo Becoming Brothers. The duo met in college and have been making music for five years. They recently released a self-titled five-song EP Becoming Brothers. The EP is all about the vocal work. Luckily, the vocals make the songs.
As far as the music goes it is performed on a guitar which implements basic chord progressions. I would have liked to hear more instrumentation and variation on technique on the guitar.
“I Can't Let Go of Your Love” is the opening track which I thought was the most impressive song on the EP. The vocals are on point here. I was impressed by the vocalist’s range and the overall aesthetics of his voice were easy to enjoy. The song does run into some slight trouble once the he goes for a high octave stressing his voice. Not so much because of the delivery but because of the lo-fi recording.
“Oh, Annabel (Live)” is a live track which initially feels pretty silly. The introductions feel like the beginning of a comedy skit. On this track the duo delivers catchy melodies that will get stuck in your end. I was again impressed by the singing and just how on key the vocalist is. Good stuff.
Remember when people listened to tapes. I do. You could make copies and if you made enough the recording sound warped. I’m not sure what was going on with “Untitled (Lullaby)” but that's what it sounded like. They get back on track with “The Beautiful” which is undeniably a great sounding track. I thought the guitar work was solid here and really benefited the exceptional vocal performance. The closing title track is another testament to their talent.
I couldn't but help think of Fleet Foxes after listening to this EP. Something about the vocals and folk feel sounding similar. I like this duo and think this is great start for them to build on. I’m looking forward to how they evolve.
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