IMUNURI is a four-piece band comprised of Adam Garcia (electric guitar/acoustic guitar), Stephanie Leary (vocals/keyboards/flute), André Pilette (bass/acoustic guitar/ percussion/backing vocals) and Daniel Wilson (drums) that recently released a four-song EP entitled Euphoric State.
Right off the bat I was thinking this was the type of band you would want to see on a Friday night when you want to have some fun. The music is sometimes funky indie rock with plenty of energy that will at the very least get you tapping your feet - unpretentious, feel good music.
The funkiest affair is the opener “Giddit” which immediately gets going with a grooving bass line, slick clean guitar work and metronome-like drumming. It doesn't take much effort to enjoy the song especially when the horns come into mix. Leary’s lyrics actually reinforce the feel of the music. She sings, “A song gets inside and grabs your waist down low / You’re captured by the groove when you know there’s no one around to see.”
Next up is “Honesty” which is a little less funky and more rock based. The verse contains some slick guitar that reminded me of Daft Punk and the chorus rocks in a more predictable fashion. I thought the breakdown just prior to the three-minute mark was creative and pointed to some originality - tight performances all around with catchy melodies.
“Not About That” is a very different song than what preceded it. You could say the funk has been completely depleted. The band serves a slower, more emotionally resonant song. The lyrics are ambiguous at points but seem to be about personal growth after a breakup. Leary sings, ”Since you escaped / I’ve been forging a brand new euphoric state / It feels like going home and you can’t take me back / But this is not about that / it’s not about your loss. “To Be One” may be the catchiest song of the four. The song is dynamic and is their most ambitious song as it unfolds.
My only minor gripe with this EP is that it feels slightly scattered. My guess is the band is still in the embryonic stage of their development and experimentation while trying to find their niche. Anyone who has been in a band knows this process can take a very long time. All things considered the songs certainly stand on their own. They have the talent and will be one to keep your eye on.
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