Empire park is a band from Tasmania that has been in existence for around two years but apparently have multiple lineup changes. Despite that the band has built up an impressive fan base for themselves. They recently released a four-song EP entitled Give Myself Away.
They play palatable rock/pop that resides a bit more on FM radio than in the underground. To my ears I’d say they have a familiar sound but they also have a boatload of talent. They open with the title track which was a good choice because of the upbeat, lively energy. The first thing I noticed was the top notch production. Everything sounds great and the song hits a vibe between Bruce Springsteen, The War on Drugs and even Mumford and Sons. The chorus sounds huge, hopeful and boiling to the brim with energy.
Next up is “Suburban” which is a solid song. The song is pretty catchy with a lot of momentum and tasteful use of effects. I thought the ending was the best part of the song; they get experimental and epic with an instrumental section.
The remain two songs was where I was really starting to appreciate the band. I’m a sucker for music that combines nostalgic and energy and that’s what they do perfectly to a tee on the exceptional song “Wandering.” The song builds with energy. Do not miss the last minute of the song where the band hits a couple of crescendos that hit it out of the park.
They close with “(untitled)” which is almost exactly the opposite in terms of energy compared to “Wandering.” The song revolves around piano and vocals. It’s poignant and powerful in a completely different way then “Wandering.”
I would have liked a little more definition to their sound since it did feel so ubiquitous. However the delivery quickly pushes those thoughts aside. This is a great EP. Recommended.
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