By Gary Schwind
This is the part where you would normally find out something about the band whose album is being reviewed. However, Head Fake is apparently not very interested in self-revelation. This is a group of artists and producers from New York, London, and Miami with “three minds, six hands, three voices”.
The group’s new EP2 is five songs of retro 80s sounds, but it doesn’t take long to figure out that it’s something more than that.
The EP begins with “Cigarette” which is an interesting blend of sounds. It opens with the sound of a needle on a record and a muted guitar. From there, the guitar becomes louder and more distorted – showing some similarity to God Lives Underwater. The vocals have a brooding sound similar to Dave Gahan. Later on, you hear some blooping sounds and a beat that wouldn’t be out of place in a Gorillaz song. You have to give Head Fake credit for keeping you guessing as the song progresses.
“Song for Daughters” is a little easier to classify. Everything about this song from the vocals to the beat to the melody and mellow vibe might remind you of some of your favorite 80s songs – particularly by Echo and The Bunnymen. In fact, it’s pretty easy to imagine this song in the soundtrack of an 80s movie. The same can be said for “2 A.M.” In fact, if you didn’t know any better, you might guess that this song was in the soundtrack of an 80s movie. That is until you hear the hip-hop section of the song. Then you realize that this is what might happen if The Psychedelic Furs collaborated with a hip-hop group.
“I’m Found” is yet another change of pace. This one leans mostly towards soul – especially in the organ. It also features some pretty good harmonica and backing vocals that are perfect for the melody.
In just five songs, the group leaves you guessing what’s going to come next. The overall vibe of the album is 80s, but there’s a lot more depth to it than that. That being said, if you’re a fan of 80s music, you’ll want to give this album a try. EP2 was released on February 28 and is available now. Order yours here.
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