Miracle of the Sun by Death Btwn Each Breath is an EP of country/folk psychedelic excursions that blend many influences into a smart listen.
“Make Me Strange” opens the EP with Beck-in-country-folk-song-mode chords and vocal inflections. There are some acoustic-Foo Fighters influences in there as well as far as the melody and build in the chorus. After a slow burn that shows great patience of a panned acoustic guitar and piano, the song builds into a Celtic-like break, adding tambourines, more prominent mandolin and some bouncy melodies on the guitar. The final outro of the song moves into a psychedelic fade-out pouring on lots of reverb and might be hitting the nail on the head too much, but overall the song is well executed and dreamy.
“My End Means Yours” blends some Physical Graffiti-esque acoustic breaks with some driving stoner-rock drums. The song opens up in the middle with a bluesy guitar break and constant tom hits, which is a nice diversion before moving back to the original groove. The melody is catchy, and the blend of Beck/Grohl is effective in the vocal delivery.
“Letters” is an acoustic folk song in the style of John Prine. There are some subtle backing vocals that are added throughout which help to enhance the refrain that has an interesting arc to it. Halfway through, the song turns psychedelic adding reverbed egg shaker and drawing out the vocal. It’s a little trippy and a nice contrast to what came before, an interesting way of changing up the pattern.
The EP concludes with an instrumental version of the opening track only with reversed cymbals, some synth-y effects and electric guitars. The song opens up into a more Jeff Beck-ish style rather than Beck Hansen on this one, the guitar breaks really having some great edge while still able to incorporate some vibrato surf-like qualities. Some of the vocoder-ish vocals seem a bit unnecessary musically, but they do work as indications of the original song and so tie those two together.
Overall, the EP is well produced, written and performed. It would be nice to hear some more sections of songs written in the future rather than a psychedelic break all of the time, but that said, Death Btwn Each Breath incorporates the sonic spectrum of that trippiness well into catchy folk songs.
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