Aisling Urwin (harp/vocals), Andy Yelen (guitar), Ronan Murphy (guitar/bass), Sean 'Ted' O' Sullivan (piano/percussion/vocals) and Aidan Crowley (vocals) are Meridian Daze. The band released The Ever Be Ep which is their debut four-song EP. They seem to be pushing that they are an indie/alternative band but I felt like these songs identified more with folk. The songs are melancholy, atmospheric and brimming with clean acoustic instrumentation.
The band starts with “Ever Be” which from the get-go is heartfelt, pensive and nostalgic. Their performances are understated and quite beautiful. The atmosphere feels ephemeral and the harp added a unique touch. The vocalist sings, “fight the sleep that creeps over me.” As the song progresses the dynamics get a little more intense but it’s subtle.
Up next is “Sisyphus” which like the opener provides the warm glow of solace. The vocal harmonies are gorgeous and reminded me of The National at times because of the low baritone. About half way through the songs the addition of drums push the song over to a more optimistic and hopeful vibe.
“Window Pain” is another success. The song is so lush and the instrumentation feels like a cloud floating in the sky. It felt like the song was going to float away. That harp was again just adding a unique aspect to the music.
They close with “In The Woods” and I can say the band goes four for four. The song starts with acoustic guitar and vocals. Other instrumentation is layered and the song reminded me of a hymn. The song is perhaps the most delicate sounding until the lead guitar comes into the mix about half way through.
The band self-produced and someone knew what they were doing. It’s a couple shades better than your average DIY production.
This is a great EP that showcases the band's sound and talent effectively. It’s a very promising start and I can only predict good things to come. Recommended.
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