EP Review: The Deadly Winters – Table In The Corner
Posted by Laura Imrie
The Deadly Winters‘ new EP Table in The Corner makes their familiar folk sound known from the outset with the title track for the EP easing us in, making us aware that this is going to be yet another great piece of work from the five piece band. Christopher Blair’s voice echoes out, sending shivers down your spine before guitar and percussion join in to bring the song to life. The voices of Blair and other vocalists in the band: Michael Edie, Christopher Gibson and Fraser Smith; work in perfect harmony and add a depth to the music which helps along the stories that are told in each track.
Liars, Liars, Liars, heads down a different road as it has more of a folk-rock sound compared to Table in The Corner. Guitar and drums have a prominent place in this track adding to the folk-rock sound, which fits in well with the theme of crime and violence apparent through the lyrics. The disgruntled tone we hear in Blair’s vocals as he repeats the title of the track in the chorus also adds to this.
The heart and soul evident in their music isn’t emphasised more than in their track Sam Did Run. It starts out much quietier and sombre than the previous song which mirrors the story the lyrics are conveying of a boy’s experience during war. There isn’t much to hide behind in this track so the real skill of Blair’s vocals becomes clear. He certainly does justice to such a compelling subject matter.
Gone To Ground is the perfect closing track for their EP as it brings together everything we have heard in the previous three songs. The softness of the instruments at the beginning leaves the vocals with the spotlight – making it incredibly haunting and emotive therefore reminiscent of the opening track. However, it then reverts back to the folk-rock genre of Liars, Liars, Liars as we reach the chorus. They pick up the pace and the instruments come more into the foreground – although Blair’s voice always remains the focus.
This is a true folk EP which any fan of the genre will love: it’s full of emotion and moves effortlessly from one end of the genre’s spectrum to the other showing the band’s range of talent.
The Deadly Winters – Table in the Corner is out now on CD via the band’s Bandcamp page and can also be downloaded on iTunes, Amazon, et al.