In a genre boasting the likes of Jack White, Sonic Youth and The Strokes, it’s difficult to show originality in the category of alt-rock. Every ounce of innovative flair seems to have already been covered and championed by another, making it simple to fall into the ‘alternative’ mould and suck up temporary success. However, a single, shining beacon of light has emerged upon the horizon – in the form of relatively unknown North London quartet, Loredo, who are busy scorching their names into the alt-rock hall of fame, with their mesmerising debut EP, ‘Trawl’.
‘Trawl’ – Loredo’s first venture into the music world – was released in March 2014 and since then has steadily collected rave-reviews from various music websites and blogs. From the onset, the EP immediately emits a breath of fresh air; this sparkling, sophisticated, diverse sound that Loredo have created is exactly why the band stands out head and shoulders above the rest. Featuring four completely unique songs, the fifteen minute span of ‘Trawl’ leaves you itching and craving for more.
Opening track ‘Habit’ favours an elongated introduction; bursting with sharp guitar riffs laying down foundations for the seductive voice of Stuart Bennett to kick in and immediately captivate the listener. The raw emotion of the brooding, baritone vocal echoes throughout ‘Habit’ and following tracks, making this an important, driving-force of Loredo’s music.
Title track ‘Trawl’ shows a moodier side to the quintet, highlighting the diversity that this band brings to the table. Boasting the genius lyric “Wear your heart upon your sleeve/you’ve been rubbing your nose there endlessly”, ‘Trawl’ is another hooky masterpiece. Followed by the rip-roaring, high-tempo ‘Zany’, which seems to take light inspiration from Kings Of Leon in their peak, both of these juxtaposed sounds showcase that Loredo aren’t your everyday alternative rock band – their inconsistency is exciting and leaves you revelling in the peculiarity.
The ‘Trawl’ EP closes with the beautifully crafted ‘Walked Out On A Wire’; arguably the most vividly striking, stand-out track of the EP. ‘Walked Out On A Wire’ features Loredo taking a softer, more delicate approach to alternative rock, turning sadness into pure beauty along the way. This spellbinding track features a gentle, infectious guitar riff, cementing why this band and the release of their EP ‘Trawl’ will soon be monumental.
Loredo’s highly-commendable debut EP ‘Trawl’ is available to listen to on their Soundcloud page now.