Moving Parts call themselves “indie beach rock.” It’s a bit ironic that they are based in Minneapolis. The music they play has elements of ska and indie rock. They implement mostly clean guitars to reinforce their beach theme and sometimes sound like Vampire Weekend. On their EP Music From the Monastery, the singer prefers to sing in a popular Californian/Hawaiian style initially made popular by Sublime. I felt like he was pushing it too hard at times, not letting his natural voice come through. The “I’m too cool for school” singing style has been used and abused for more than a decade and we need to let it go.
His best vocal performance is on the first song “”Niki Jasenko.” The vocal delivery has the right amount of stank on it especially when he sings, “I love the way you speak our language / Most disregard me as a strange kid.” He sounds loose, relaxed and most importantly it doesn’t feel forced relying on clichés.
The band’s best moments are the ones that are tranquil and kind of make you feel like you are at a beach. “Sea Soul Shell” is a clear highlight that works on many levels. The song starts with exceptional guitar work that builds a tranquil atmosphere. As it progresses the band demonstrates some skill. The instrumental work reaches its climax towards the last minute of the song. Good stuff.
The other standout track was the closer “Celebration of Life.” It’s loose, fun but also rocks out quite hard. The dynamics are impressive as they go from something intense to something incredibly mellow.
Music From the Monastery is a solid EP. It has some missteps but is enjoyable overall. I think they still need a bit of refining when it comes to creating a signature sound. That being said I definitely heard inspired moments here and there which point to greater things.
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