Reviewed by: Sebastian Mackay
This EP is a statement. It’s a statement that what ever comes next from The Districts is going to be fantastic. There are no two ways about it. The EP offers up a balanced vintage and folk feel that may even draw from Americana country and it’s brought together in five emotive, thoughtful, and at times, heartfelt tracks.
We’re given simple but effective songwriting that carries every aspect of every song up until the closing seconds of “Stay Open.” And one of the powers of this EP is that each tracks brings its own life and feeling. “Funeral Beds” soars after meandering along with a burst of out passion and then settles again into the meandering and musing feeling that it’s been comfortable in since the beginning.
“Long Distance” is thoughtful and introspective. By now, The Districts sound has settled in over you and it’s abundantly clear that they know what they want and how to create it. This track is a testament to a band that has worked to their strengths and it’s paid off.
Opening track “Rocking Chair” isn’t one to be overlooked. It’s a foot tapper, leg jerker of a track and is a solid rock track with a great sense of imagery and gives an interesting change of pace to the rest of EP while keeping firmly in line with the band’s sound.