Gareth Hides - Face To Face

Published Friday 28th September 2012
Gareth Hides - Face To Face
Gareth Hides - Face To Face

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 128823-19486
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Elliot Rose

A year after Dudley'based Gareth's first release, 'Counting Sheep', comes this four-song followup. The opening track "Daily News" bursts from the stereo with a caffeinated drum beat and sloppy guitar lick, the feel-good chord sequences contrasting the somewhat melancholic lyrics, which discuss the depressing headlines and news articles of modern society. "Bury My Head", for me, is the strongest song on the disc, well written melodies, chords and lyrics in a wonderfully positive and catchy tone - although the lack of vocal harmonies akin to the first track did leave me a little disappointed. The tone continues into "Greatest Is Love", which demonstrates a multi-layered keyboard foundation, particularly the rotor organ effects, though the heavier timbre of "Mirror Dimly" brings a more edgy climax to the EP, featuring overdriven electric guitars galore and a more noticeable bass line. Despite the awkward minor 6th chord in the chorus (which sounds almost accidental) the more experimental musical arrangement is pretty effective.

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