Brisbane, Australia is home to the rootsy sensation Gentle Persons Club that has recently released their debut EP All We Need. It's a fresh take an alt country that has good vibes and sage words of wisdom at its core. The sound is earthy and very catchy. It revels in the greenery and bare hands approach that so may country musicians rely on. They also use specific instrument choices that make the songs pop out from the crowd.
A big player for this EP musically is the string element. That fiddle is a strong voice in every song and conveys such raw emotion that it is one of my favorite parts about the music. I love how the music is very traditional sounding most of the time and yet they attempt to transcend genres. I feel that track three "All We Need" is perhaps the best example of how they pushed for that alt rock/ indie sound and really managed to achieve it. The only issue I had musically was that sometimes the instrument choices were engineered in such a way that it almost sounded a little too traditional to translate into other genres. So instead some of the songs just came off kind of hokey.
Another strong and endearing element for this EP is the vocals. The vocalist is blessed with handsome sounding pipes and delivers every word with such heavy conviction. Alongside the vocal work, the lyrics are fantastic. There were several songs where I went to back to listen again immediately just to properly digest the words. This is really where the album shines. There's sage words of wisdom, epic ballads being told and even casual observations about the bigger picture of life.
Production-wise the album was kept very bare and radical free to I think illustrate a simplicity and innocence which works. I think the only issue is how that treatment sometimes would conflict with the group's desire to push outside of the country/folk realm. Perhaps a switch up in how each song was engineered might make a difference. I did like how there are a lot of hidden surprises in these songs, especially with the instruments and I feel like none of that was passed over or hidden. The production also did right by the vocals which were given a treatment that was a perfect fit. The vocals sounded intimate and warm which fit the aesthetic of the music.
Overall I really appreciate the risks and commitment by this group to experiment and do things their way. I think this album is charming and has songs that I did enjoy and felt the need to listen again. I think if you're someone who appreciates good lyrics and traditional folk music, Gentle Persons Club is a great gateway into other genres without straying too far from that country/folk core.
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