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Author's Rating
Vocals 9
Musicianship 9
Lyrics 9
Production 9
Creativity 9
Lasting Value 9
Reviewer Tilt 9
Final Verdict: 90%
Member Ratings
Vocals 9.58
Musicianship 9.67
Lyrics 8.75
Production 9.25
Creativity 9.33
Lasting Value 9.08
Reviewer Tilt 9.67
Average: 93%
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Eisley - Deep Space

Reviewed by: Drew Beringer (02/14/12)
EisleyDeep Space
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Record Label: Equal Vision


After exorcising past demons and embracing new directions on their stellar 2011 release The Valley, Eisley decided to go back to their roots somewhat (while taking some of that new found edge on The Valley) on their brand new EP Deep Space. Recorded and produced by the band (along with engineer/mixer Andy Freeman) in their hometown of Tyler, Texas, the DuPree clan (Stacy, Sherri, Chauntelle, Garron, and Weston) were inspired by the works of sci-fi novelist Ray Bradbury and turned a five-song EP into a remarkable love story set in space that fully enraptures you.

That classic, whimsical Eisley sound is in full force on opener “Lights Out,” which features a beautiful back and forth melody between Sherri DuPree-Bemis and Stacy DuPree backed by smooth guitar riffs. The hushed fuzz of “Laugh If Off” gracefully flows in the vein of a Feist track, as Stacy’s soulful vocals mesh well within the aura of her Rhodes piano. Both tracks are nods to previous Eisley recordings, but they are beefed up by the group’s continual improvement in their songwriting craft.

The highlight comes halfway through Deep Space, as the song that shares the same name features the core concept of the EP. It’s also might be the best song in Eisley’s discography, a claim that is backed up once the first chorus hits. The delicate first verse quickly transitions into a distorted frenzy led by Sherri and Stacey’s soaring give-and-go vocals. The track combines its atmospheric tendencies with garage rock undertones (in which Chauntelle drops a killer riff), making it one of the band’s brashest songs.

Because the group found themselves in a such a happy place while recording Deep Space, it allowed for them to let go and try out some different things. The folksy twang of “192 Days” is an adorable love song, while the aptly titled “One Last Song” begins in a dreamlike trance before drifting off into a bluesy, gang-vocal infused outro.

While some of this EP might be rooted in the band’s past sound, you can hear the progression from that throughout Deep Space, as the quintet added different dimensions and layers to each track, a sign that the DuPree's are just starting to hit their stride. The momentum witnessed on The Valley has been conveyed into Deep Space, as Eisley continues to write its best songs.

9/10

Additional InformationTrack Listing:
1. Lights Out
2. Laugh It Off
3. Deep Space
4. 192 Days
5. One Last Song
Produced by: Eisley

Eisley is:
Stacy DuPree – vocals, keyboard, guitar
Sherri DuPree-Bemis – vocals, rhythm guitar
Chauntelle DuPree – lead guitar, vocals
Garron DuPree – bass
Weston DuPree – drums

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02:06 AM on 02/14/12
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I really love this review. I enjoyed their last CD as well; this sounds pretty interesting!
03:39 AM on 02/14/12
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Gonna check this out, The Valley is just sooo fucking good.
05:34 AM on 02/14/12
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Love this band. They seriously deserve 10 times the amount of attention they get. Great review, Drew.
05:35 AM on 02/14/12
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EP is great. Can't wait for another full length!
05:53 AM on 02/14/12
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Really great EP. Good review
06:46 AM on 02/14/12
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Dig this EP. Nice review, Drew
07:07 AM on 02/14/12
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Holy Schnikes, 2 songs in and I'm loving it. I don't know what happened after Combinations but this band has really improved IMHO.
08:32 AM on 02/14/12
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09:22 AM on 02/14/12
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After last year's album, they've really stepped it up. Impressive Ep.
09:23 AM on 02/14/12
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Awesome review. I still can't stop listening to The Valley
09:33 AM on 02/14/12
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Good review. Can't wait to give this a listen.
12:14 PM on 02/14/12
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Eisley is one of those underrrated bands who keeps on getting better. They keep improving, and every album/EP is just better and better. I love this EP a ton. Good review, Drew. Loved it as well.
07:40 PM on 02/14/12
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Can't wait to hear this.
09:29 PM on 02/14/12
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Is this better than The Valley ? I was a little underwhelmed by that record, to be honest.
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