Exlovers – You Forget So Easily (Chess Club) 14/09/2007

September 19, 2009 by  

Exlovers - You Forget So Easily

Having been lavished with praise for their first two singles ‘Photobooth’ and ‘Just A Silhouette’, it seems only right that Exlovers should take the next logical step and release an EP. The boy/girl fronted outfit have been propelled forward through the indie blog sphere at an alarming speed and within the space of a year now find themselves in the illustrious company of Stephen Street, the man responsible for many a Brit-pop hit and arguably saving Pete Doherty’s career. On their debut EP ‘You Forget So Easily’ the producer has once again worked his magic and Exlovers seem more than worthy of all the received praise .

Of late, similar boy/girl duo’s such as Slow Club have created an air of buzz around their every musical step, yet have eventually fallen down on their complete reliance on a twee folk sound, which as fashionable as it is, becomes pretty boring after a few listens. Exlovers strength and lasting appeal seemingly lies is in their depth and range of song-writing, yet once you scratch away at the surface their influences become far too noticeable.

Opening track ‘You Forget So Easily’ marries boy/girl sugary pop harmonies with low-fi guitars to recreate the archetypal Belle and Sebastian sound with just a little of the quirkiness left out. It’ probably the result of Street’s production, but its Exlovers ear for a harmony and catchy pop hook that leaves a lasting impression.

‘New Years Day’ and ‘The Moon Has Spoke’ evoke memories of the late Elliot Smith’s estranged sole. The lyrics express a similar melancholic anguish and are delivered with the same fragile vocal expression over a backdrop of soft jangly acoustic guitars, yet never quite convey the same level emotion, although it would be difficult for any band to recreate such unique style.

‘You Forget So Easily’ comes with so much promise and nearly delivers, but Exlovers seem to lack their own distinctive sound and rely heavily on their influences. Maybe another year together will remedy this and their début album will be a truly great record.

[Rating:3.5]

By Chris Cumins


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