EP: Elessar – Reflections
June 5th, 2016
For a band that’s been playing together for only about a year, British alt rockers Elessar sound more professional than you’d expect them to. Their debut EP, ‘Reflections’, can be described as the best of the mid-noughties emo sound molded into one, offering glimpses of You Me At Six, Taking Back Sunday, et al.
From the attention grabbing opener ‘My Skin’, this EP is full of memorable hooks and singalong lyrics. It combines melodic riffs with a strong, yet not overly aggressive, rhythm section providing a great background for the band’s lyric material which mostly deals with self-doubt, self-confidence and finding yourself and your place in this world.
Although the lyrics sound, for the most part, like the work of a standard emo lyricist, they carry some really great lines, and despite tackling anxiety and insecurity, this record is life approving and strives to be inspiring. Lines like “She’s not lost, she just hasn’t found her way” acknowledge that those who wander are truly not lost, and that one should never give up.
Each track on ‘Reflections’ is more or less energetic, which makes this record a good soundtrack for getting up and getting active. However, what it doesn’t offer is much contrast and variety. The killer ending track ‘Arrogance’, even though it sounds custom made for filling up arenas, ends a bit too abruptly and doesn’t provide the necessary closure for the record.
‘Reflections’ is a pretty good debut that you’ll find yourself singing along to after just a few listens, yet it doesn’t have the amount of individuality needed to make this band truly stand out between other great up-and-coming acts. However, it shouldn’t be a reason to write Elessar off just yet. They truly are talented, so if they just push boundaries and experiment with their sound a bit, in time they might grow up to be a remarkable band.
Written by Raimonda Mikelsone (@_raimondaaa)