Greg Kherlopian (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Vramshabouh (lead guitar/backing vocals), Steven Donahue (bass guitar/backing vocals) and Caleb Estey (drums/backing vocals) are the Big Drops. Their first release Bloom which is about seven-minutes long has got me excited to hear what their full-length is going to be like. These songs have something that screams originality and that x-factor that may give this band the edge in getting noticed in an ever-growing saturated musical landscape.
The first song is called “If the World” and may be the first time ever an artist reminded me of Donovan. A million artists sound like Dylan but how many remind you of Donovan? Not many. As I took in the song it also reminded me of Blur in a number of ways as well. Either way the song is dreamy, atmospheric,and catchy. I was addicted to the buoyant groove that feels like a mellow wave of good vibes. By the end of the song it goes from feeling atmospheric to cosmic.
Up next is “Buttercup” which does have a different vibe. It’s a little more lively and sounds like something that could have come from the mind of Tom Waits. The song could be the best kid’s song ever possibly used at the beginning of some glorious cartoon as it feels a bit wacky and anthemic.
They close with “Leave Me Here” which is a bit more melancholy and seems to go down the rabbit hole a bit more. The percussion seems to have some eastern influence and sounds as if there could be a sitar in there. It’s a mystic mist of hypnotic sounds that may put you in a trance.
This band is seriously on to something and I hope they bring it with their full-length. As much as I enjoyed this EP the songs didn’t feel completely fleshed out. It wasn’t so much the length but I wanted them to explore more possibilities on occasion. All that being said this is a fantastic appetizer. I just hope for more soon.
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