Estocada is a solo artist from Chicago who recently released a three-song EP entitled Relate, Prowl, Pet. He explains that he was “planning on it being a folky acoustic project, but found himself to be quite uninspired by writing "sad boy acoustic ballads and shifted to writing more upbeat, rock oriented music.”
The EP begins with “Relate.” I was immediately attracted to the jagged bass lines and smooth vocals. There were some similarities to Death From Above 1979. The guitar is sharp, plucking away at eighth notes with metronome like precision. On that note the guitar solo is also on point. The song packs a lot of in its three minutes and the almost awkward sharp edges start to get rounded out more and more as the song progresses. Great opener.
“Prowl” is a little bit easier to bob your head to. The vocal melody is infectious and the song is dynamic with multiple builds. He sings, “cut me up / and set me free / cause everything is as you please.” It’s a fun, fast song that is a blast to listen to.
“Pet” opens with a driving bass line and chords that ring out with distortion. The somewhat unexpected guitar solo bridge around the twenty-second mark was a nice call. I loved the hook which got stuck in my head the first time I heard it. There are more notable lead guitar moments as the song progresses.
The songs went by in flash but I thoroughly dug what I heard. I thought the production was top notch which added to my appreciation of the songs.
The three songs on this EP are hopefully just the beginning of what we will hear from the artist. Take a listen.
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