TWO-STEP is a band from the UK that is bringing us some really mellow and sometimes island-like alternative jam-rock. The band first started out performing covers and soon slowly progressed into creating and performing original songs. Priceless is the band’s first EP and they admit to some experimenting with their sound, styling, writing and recording techniques, which in turn makes this album a unique compilation of earnest and genuine sound.
The second track on the EP titled “Hold Fast” reminds me of a combination of Modest Mouse and Jimmy Eats World. There are some eerie vibes in the song, which could be contributed to the pitch of the guitar, the style of percussion as well as the vocalist’s laid-back demeanor. The lyrics of the song paint a picture of a relationship that’s seems to be going down the drain and both parties are experiencing anxiety; “All it ever really comes down to is, who could hold their tongue and who could hide their wit.” But there’s hope, “You’ve surely lost the touch with which you held your pride, just stop this now, and start again.” The song is really upbeat and makes you want to dance on some sandy beach somewhere.
Compared to the song that shares the name of the EP, “Priceless” has a more mysterious aura and starts off with a slowly building percussion that opens up to a sultry and somewhat romantic song. There is passion and a little bit of confusion and this is felt clearly through the lyrics; “My indecision, my bravery, my self-opinion in jeopardy.” The strumming of the guitar at times seems random and out of place but its keeps the beat nicely and keeps you jamming.
For a band just moving into the original music sphere, this is a successful first round. The songs are genuine in both sound and inspiration and all carry a clean air of carefree sentiments regardless of what the lyrics are singing. This is the kind of music that anyone can listen to and can fit into most landscapes easily. Sound quality is also notable because it emulates that of a professional recording. You could say TWO-STEP’s sound is Priceless.
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