Heatwarmer — Dessert Menu EP
((Not on label) no#, 2013, DL)
by Jon Davis, Published 2013-09-16Heatwarmer fits in with a new generation of musicians pushing the boundaries of pop/rock. I don't know where their actual inspirations lies, but the resulting sound is akin to XTC, Cheer-Accident, and Pattern Is Movement. It starts out with a vaguely latin-sounding rhythmic part on an electric piano, but as horns, guitars, and vocal parts are added, "Flavorite Sings" builds into a polyphonic construction of magnificent proportions, all within the confines of less than four minutes. The second track, "Weird Shower," starts with a near-loungey feel, though the vocal line jumps around in unexpected ways. Then a horn section comes in with some lovely arrangements, bridging catchy melodicism with jazzy sophistication. Electric piano is again the base of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a tune with a tricky metric structure and more great horn arrangements. The EP finishes off with "Ye Olde, Natural Feel," which gives us a touch of gospel flavor and some barbershop harmonies without sounding corny. All in all, it's quite an accomplishment, and I'm anxiously awaiting their full-length debut due later this year.
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