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Vocals 8
Musicianship 8
Lyrics 8
Production 8
Creativity 8
Lasting Value 8
Reviewer Tilt 8
Final Verdict: 80%
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People in Cars - People in Cars

Reviewed by: Zac Djamoos (07/11/14)
People in Cars - People in Cars
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Record Label: Bob Records


People in Cars are a hard band to categorize. Their music is perhaps best described as falling under the blanket term “alternative rock.” Their first studio release of new material for Bob Records is a new venture for them – no longer is it the solo outfit of multi-instrumentalist Etay Pisano, but it’s now a trio: Pisano on vocals and guitar, Mike Toohey on bass, and Jesse Hangen on drums.

For only having two tracks, People in Cars is a pretty long release, running eleven minutes and twenty-three seconds. That’s a pretty good thing though, because we need to be able to appreciate these songs as long as we can. “Let Go” is the first track, and carries a spacey vibe, due, for the most part, to Pisano’s reverb-drenched vocals. That’s a problem some people may have here – Pisano’s vocals are pretty hard to understand underneath the thick layers of reverb. It’s clearly stylistic though, especially given his musical past. Musically, though, there should be enough for people to enjoy, from the distinctive chorus riff to the building solo in the bridge to the spacey outro. The other song is the more electronic-tinged “Try,” a song which could easily hit radio. Again, Pisano’s voice is layered, but if it was distracting on “Let Go,” it’s entirely necessary on “Try” to fit the song’s vibe. The chorus is towering, and Pisano spends about half of each verse in his upper register. As with “Let Go,” however, the bridge is what really makes “Try.” More impressive riffs soar over dancey drums and electronics and a refrain of “oh-oh-oh”s. It’d probably fit in on a release like The 1975’s Music for Cars EP.

That should let you know that People in Cars is something special. If you’ve never listened to People in Cars, there’s no better time to start. And if you’re already a fan of Etay Pisano’s work, well, you already knew how great this would be, didn’t you?

8/10

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