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Review: Oliver House, “Fall Apart”

No Comments 6 December 2015

Review: Oliver House, “Fall Apart”

Fall Apart feels like one of those records that will end up being dubbed as the ‘early work’ of a band that has much more to give creatively…By the end of this record, there’s a clear sense of purpose and forward motion in the direction of the songwriting. As much as I enjoyed getting to know Oliver House through this debut, I’m even more psyched to see where they go from here.”

Artist: Oliver House

EP: Fall Apart

Genre: Psych Pop

RIYL: Tame Impala, Real Estate, Arcade Fire

Oliver House Fall Apart

Here’s what I know about Oliver House: this now trio once started out as a folk duo of Sean McCauley and Holden Flesner just a couple of short years ago and they call Phoeniz, Arizona home. Oh, and they experiment in a mashup of folk rock meets psych pop on their debut EP Fall Apart.

What makes one band stand out from another when you’re screening music and have listened to literally dozens of entries on the particular day I ran across Oliver House in my inbox? That’s a hard thing to pin down; which is exactly the point. At the risk of sounding cheesy, it has something to do with potential. What I hear with the release of Fall Apart is a solid six song effort; but what intrigues me the most of these pockets of perfection that exist within those solid structures. It’s that indefinable quality that something is bubbling underneath just waiting to be created.

For the moment, however, let’s talk about the progression of songs on this EP. “Toss” opens the record with good energy and an emphasis on instrumentals, which definitely sets this trio apart from their contemporaries. The focus of the record as a whole is on creating landscapes of sound and toying with them within a more traditional pop song structure. The folk beginnings definitely linger in a way that adds some interesting depth to the decidedly psychedelic leanings of the band; Tame Impala springs to mind, and that’s good company to be keeping. “Faye” keeps things moving while adding in more vocal work.

“Warhawk” is one of those songs that speaks to the potential of where that progressive rock tendency could lead; it feels like a turning point in the record, and leads to a strong second act. The title track is worthy of the album name. This is easily the most accessible track and a perfect introduction to what the band is about. “Moonlight,” however, is the one that leaves you wanting more. It dives a bit deeper, adds in vocal harmonies and feels like a fully realized finale. There’s a nice build and release that leaves you wanting to hear more.

Fall Apart feels like one of those records that will end up being dubbed as the “early work” of a band that has much more to give creatively. The bones are there; and the band fleshes the sound out in a way that feels like they’re still experimenting with what their signature sound will become. By the end of this record, there’s a clear sense of purpose and forward motion in the direction of the songwriting. As much as I enjoyed getting to know Oliver House through this debut, I’m even more psyched to see where they go from here.


 

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