Catering to their hipster side, this quaint little EP is available on 7″ vinyl. But, just in case you aren’t from the 50s and don’t own a record player, ‘Making Moves’ is also available as digital download. Having just released a full-length album, ‘Go’, I’m not quite sure why they have released this EP so soon. Oh well, who am I to question these things? Besides, any new from music Motion City Soundtrack is always a good thing.
Opening track ‘Severance’ has a sound that perfectly compliments a rainy day whilst you’re reveling in winter blues and watching rain drops trickle down on your window. Brooding echo effects lacing the guitars with high hats flashing in the background create a morose atmosphere, similar to that of ‘Autographs And Apologies’, before kicking in with a classic MCS ending that’s both bold and powerful. ‘Major Leagues’ is much like ‘My Dinosaur Life’‘s ‘Disappear’, boasting high tempo verses with a bold and catchy chorus. Either way, they’re both great little songs.
The final track is an excellent cover of Rilo Kiley‘s ‘Pictures Of Success’, which possesses a melancholic ambient feel to it, one that reminds me of the Twin Peaks soundtrack (minus the falsetto). The lyrics on this are pretty damn bleak, but as is the case with most covers, this song obviously means a lot to the band and speaks to them on many levels. This isn’t so much a cover, more of a homage to the original as MCS haven’t taken this song and made it their own. Instead, they’ve performed it in the original style.
These songs are perfect for an EP. If you were to include them on an album, it would ruin the structure and flow of it. Even by MCS standards, this small collection of songs is awfully depressing. Lyrically, they seem to be an exorcism of emotional demons for frontman Justin Pierre. Gone are the moog and synth effects from their sound, instead they have been replaced with a rather somber attitude.
This EP highlights the mature side of MCS, one that only the die-hard fans are aware of. Though these songs are excellent in their own right, it’s a very different MCS from the one you may know and love.
Written by Andy Roberts