Matt Vitale (vocals/guitar/bass), Chase Sanborn (drums/vocals/trumpet/keyboard/ percussion) are INDOSURF. The band is releasing three EP’s leading up to their album in 2017. I had a chance to spend some time with The Heart and the Soul- I'll Never See You Again which showcases different aspects of the band.
Suffice it to say Vitale doesn’t have a voice that screams this guy is a great singer the first time you hear it. It’s more an acquired taste that I think takes a little getting used to. Suffice it to say I appreciated his singing style more the second time I listened to the songs. Musically, the songs are fairly simple but delivered well. The songwriting is good but also felt conventional and doesn’t deviate very much from the genres they were writing in.
They open with “Young Love” which is mostly a rock/pop song with a tinge of reggae. The song seemed to lay somewhere between Counting Crows and Sublime. It contains a formidable bass line with a memorable lead guitar. There aren't surprises in the song but it was enjoyable and catchy. The lyrics are really straightforward with no ambiguity.
Up next is “I'll Never See You Again” which has a similar vibe to the first song combining rock and minor elements of reggae. They throw a couple of reggae tropes like the vocal noise he makes at 1:17 in the song.
“You Do Yours, I'l Do Mine” was my favorite song of the three but it felt a bit removed from the first two songs. The song has more a singer/songwriter folk feel at first until it goes into a more reggae-based groove. I also thought this was Vitale’s best vocal performance.
The Heart and the Soul- I'll Never See You Again isn't without some mishaps but it is a solid EP which showcases enough music to let you know if this is a group you want to revisit for their full length.
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