Honest Engines- The French Song EP
Record Label: Tandem Shop
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Over the next few years, Chicago’s Honest Engines will become one of the most popular bands in the Blogosphere. Mark my words. Merchants of the delicate indie-pop that has endeared itself to thousands of angst ridden, articulate teenagers and college students the world over, through bands like Death Cab For Cutie, Honest Engines have produced a highly attractive and organic EP in the form of The French Song. This EP another three track release, and as the follow up to last year’s Captain’s Log EP, it continues where the last EP left off. The French Song is, funnily enough French-themed, and is a showcase of the young band’s song writing talent.
The French Song starts off with the title track, a punchy, guitar driven pop song, that features introspective, thoughtful lyrics. The lyric “always on the run and never ending up nowhere” is just example of the somewhat melancholic vibe that persists lyrically, throughout the three tracks. A lovely opener, it supplies both thought and catchiness in equal amounts, and does a great job of introducing the band to someone who may be a first time listener.
"El Jardin" is slower than its predecessor. A heavier base within melancholic instrumentation as well as lyrics, it was my favourite track of the release. Not exactly catchy, but highly attractive, it makes for a more challenging listen that the two other accessible tracks.
The EP closes with "Sunny Setting Sun" its most upbeat and poppy track. It is, once again, ridden with punch guitars and loose, relaxed instrumentation. It’s happy end to a lovely release.
The French Song EP is not the sound of a band that is simply promising. This EP is the sound of a band already in the prime of their career. Obviously, it’s not flawless, sometimes the release veers extremely close to a direct cover of Death Cab For Cutie, but it is certainly a bright spot in the masses of young bands around today. Here’s anticipating when they finally put out a full length.