Friday, 13 September 2013

EP Review - Frightened Rabbit - The Woodpile EP

This year's epic Pedestrian Verse put Frightened Rabbit back on track to the highs of their seminal The Midnight Organ Fight album and saw the band release an outstanding set of songs which managed to both stay true to the Frightened Rabbit sound and get national airplay at the same time.  Lead track from this latest EP, The Woodpile, is the best example of this.

The song has an almost Neu! or Krautrock feel in it’s guitar and drums but builds to a huge and, I’m happy to say it, pop chorus which is just fantastic.  It’s a real highlight of the album for me and it’s great to see it get a stand alone release on this new EP.  As well as The Woodpile we also get three new tracks in Default Blues, Radio Silence and Candlelit all of which are well worth getting.  Even if you already own the album, it's worth grabbing this EP.

Default Blues brings to mind Setting Sun by The Chemical Brothers, albeit a slower version without the beats and crucially Noel Gallagher.  Radio Silence could easily be a lost REM track from the Fables of the Reconstruction era which is very much no bad thing and Candlelit is simply a lovely song.

- David McElroy

Frightened Rabbit - The Woodpile EP is now via Atlantic Records.  You can download the EP here.

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