The SolaJets is a band from the UK comprised of Ben, Andy and Rupe. They recently released I'm Comin Home. The EP was a bunch of first takes and the recording was done in about two hours. It’s an extremely lo-fi sounding demo which gives you a decent idea of what the band sounds like.
However being an engineer for the past twenty years, I cannot say that this EP comes close to sounding like a professional studio quality product. I wasn’t able to make out most of the lyrics but apparently the EP is somewhat of a love story. Man loves woman, man loses woman, man somehow finds his way back.
Up first is “Becoming Clear” which revolves around drums, and guitar that falls into the back, some warbly synths I believe and vocals. The vocals are catchy and aggressive. The music feels fairly chaotic and jangly while slightly mellow and I wouldn't classify this as conventional rock.
Up next is “Clear Skies” which is just as scattered and chaotic sounding as the opener. The drums are so upfront in the mix while the guitars and whatever else is back there hangs in as not much more than white noise. The song almost feels static as the energy is tucked away in a different universe. It’s a combination of the lo-fi recording and the performances in general. I’m honestly not sure if it's a good or a bad thing but it’s a thing.
The band does a little more conventional rocking out on “I’m comin home” while “Dream with me” which is a more emotional song that could be considered the ballad.
I like this band's music but I think they might have more success with the recordings if they went with a more conventional path. Quality recording usually takes time and this EP could certainly use some improvements in terms of pre and post production.. I suggest the band slows down a little bit and takes their time making their next recording. Perhaps work with an engineer or producer and even consider getting it professionally mastered which will make a significant difference.
I like the band's spirit and I thought the songs were well written. I have the feeling that they would work really well as a live act and might just need a little more experience or help in the studio to get a more aesthetically pleasing recording.
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