The Periodicals have transformed their band practice into a recording session and thus have brought us their debut EP. The Periodicals can be best described as new-age alternative rock. There are connotations of classic rock and roll as well as takes from bands like Talking Heads. Based out of Madison, Wisconsin, the five members have conjoined to create a soulful and sometimes folky alternative rock album.
The second track on the album titled “Kindling,” begins with a funky piano beat that reminds me of the time encapsulating The Brady Bunch. Soon the lyrics “Sail to the sea,” open up the lyrical portion of the song and the catchy chorus “we’re starting a fire, burning, we’re taking it higher, page is turning” adds depth and a story is starting to show itself. The song has a double-persona, one that is old and wise and one that is young, curious and unpredictable. The lyrics are clever, catchy and have a nice rhythmic rhyme to them that make this song pleasant and entertaining to listen to.
“44 Straight Down” also has a similar character animated by the lyrics “if I’m wiser, when I’m older, whenever I find that place.” The melody anchoring this song really has a sophisticated meter and the song is soothing to listen to. All of the instruments work in harmony to create a unique landscape of sound, something like a colorful sunset out on a beautiful open field in the middle of early fall. Everyone is laying out in the grass thinking of beautiful memories while listening.
The album was recorded DIY in the basement and kitchen of one of the bandmate’s home. Despite a couple guest appearances from a squeaky door, the sound of the album has a fresh, uplifting sound to it and all the aspects of the sound profile come through successfully. For their first release as a band, The Periodicals have showcased their abilities to explore their genre successfully and create dynamic, fresh and inspiring sounds and lyrics. This is an album for anyone interested in new-age folk rock.
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