Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Jack + Eliza - No Wonders EP
The first of the EP's five tracks is the standout "Secrets" (video below). With gorgeous harmonies and twanging and jangling guitar accompaniment, it should be irresistible for any pop fan. The dreamy "Hold the Line" (stream below) cements the duo's jangle pop credentials, and features a delightful call and response vocal. "So Open" is a heart-on-the-sleeve '60s nugget. The penultimate track, "Floodlights", initially competes with "Secrets" as the track which most recalls The Mamas and Papas, but shows a more modern face as it unspools. In the closing track, "Heading West", Jack and Eliza recall the best work of She & Him, or the first album from Seattle's The Young Evils.
It is over fast, but you'll be all two happy to replay it multiple times. Jack + Eliza focus on songwriting (Eliza won the John Lennon songwriting contest at age 15) and vocal interplay. There isn't much of that around these days, and I suggest we all treasure it.