Keep for Cheap is a Saint Paul, Minnesota-based band. The band is gaining quite a following in the local music scene. Though they are relatively new, their first release, a single version of “Day Without You,” has over 120k streams on Spotify. The band is following up on the success of their single with their debut EP Get Along.
Get Along showcases tunes that are an exciting blend of country, indie rock and power pop with some punk influences prevalent. The EP finds the band seesawing between a more varied sound to a more signature-based sound. Although the EP could do with more cohesion, the band’s sound is tight. Backed by strong female vocals, the music eases into a mellow vibe rendered in distorted guitars, a slow sauntering drumming beat and moody bass lines.
Get Along opens up with “Melting Woes,” where a slow shimmering vibe on the drums, percussions, electric guitars and bass flows in. The vocal harmonies are gorgeous. They overlap in a way that makes the music more dynamic. This track contains a country-bent vibe with folk and rock overtures. This is a slow burning song with a nice groove to it. The flow is really welcoming. Strings also trace the gamut of this track. The song is catchy and melodic.
Toward “Day Without You,” the music really picks up on this upbeat and catchy sun-soaked track. The music has a psychedelic garage rock type of feel. The song is vibrant and bright. Retro-inspired, the track has a ‘50s-’60s-era feel to the recording. The song contains a real dance-worthy vibe that also makes it single worthy.
On “Love Me Down,” reverb-drenched guitar riffs spiral in the backdrop of this track. The sound is hazy and dreamy. The singing is country-tinged with a warm folk vibe. The sound is sun-soaked and has a real nice flow to it. The drumming is slow sauntering. The beat eventually becomes more jaunty ill-contained with a country-blues twang.
On the closer, “February,” noodling on the electric guitar alone starts off this song. The vocals sound kind of echo-y drenched in reverb, giving it an off-center, dreamy and haunting feel. The effects are hazy and ethereal. A slow drumming beat eventually saunters in. There is an oldies feel harkening to a ‘70s appeal to this rock track. With its nostalgia-tinged notes, this proves to be an apt closer to the EP.
I found the recording on this EP to be kind of lo-fi. It is hard to understand the lyrics. The music is overpowering, nearly overshadowing the vocals. Perhaps a balance would’ve more benefited the band.
Nevertheless, Keep for Cheap’s sound is mellow with an easy breezy feel to its laid-back compositions. Without a doubt, overlaid into these compositions are gorgeous vocal layer harmonies that soar and add richness to these country-driven indie rock tracks.
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