The Good Minus is a fun little foray in a few different directions from a self-proclaimed super group The Good Minus out of Melbourne, Australia. Clocking in at under ten minutes, it showcases a trio of talented musicians/vocalists, almost providing proofs of concept for three different directions that they can go in.
The first track, “Step Off Lightly” opens with a round (harmony) that casts a near Fleet Foxes vibe, before cutting to ‘90s pop-guitar strumming pattern and eventually some Johnny Greenwood/Radiohead-esque lead guitar parts. The great vocal harmonies are the standout aspect of a song that keeps quickly jumping from part to part, never staying anywhere long enough to wear out a welcome.
“Will Catch Us Up” takes a bit—just a bit—of a darker tone with a slightly sinister guitar riff and drum part full of tom-rolls/rim-shots. That said, once the lush harmonies enter, the song really opens and builds a sense of urgency as it hurls towards a very catchy chorus.
The third and final song is a quick instrumental tracks that rocks out a little bit more than the previous two, even dabbling towards, might I say, a bit metal of a direction. Either way, it's a solid song with nice pacing and a chance for each of the instruments to show off a bit, although the decision to hold off on the vocals, one of the band's strongest elements, is a bit of a bummer.
The Good Minus was recorded in one day at Tendertrap Studios in Melbourne, and mastered at Mastersound Studios. For all of its live improvisational stylings, the recording is super clean and polished.
The Good Minus proves to be apt musicians in whatever direction they choose here, so hopefully the experimentation and dabbling takes shape in a more honed sound when they get around to recording a full length.
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