Southend-on-Sea’s In Earnest present us with an outstanding and beautiful self-titled debut EP about almost-way-too-relatable life obstacles and emotional pain.
Every song on this EP is wonderfully rounded and produced so well and clean, without stepping over the line of becoming ‘too polished’, that it sounds like the band are playing right in front of you in your favourite local pub. Perfectly gloomy acoustic guitars and haunting vocals echo across every song, and usually end in an instrumentally big build up of sounds.
As gorgeous as it is, it becomes a little less impressive with every repetition of the same recipe for the songs, though it doesn’t affect the quality of the songs in the grand scheme too much. They manage to still mix it up a bit at least, especially when things even get a bit hectic at the end of ‘Fables’.
The only song that kind of drowns in the mass is ‘In Between’, flashing by even after multiple listens, without leaving much trace of a memory.
In Earnest describe themselves as “sad indie noise”, and, quite frankly, there couldn’t be a better way to sum up what this self-titled debut sounds like. If this is what they sound like at their first try, the future shines incredibly bright. With everything going on in the world right now, this kind of art, opening up discussions about mental health, is exactly what’s needed.