EP Review: Komparrison's 'Tales Of Youth'
Consisting of an acoustic vocal harmony duo based in Redcar, Komparrison's debut EP: 'Tales Of Youth' was recorded in a live session by Jamie “Jampottt” Donnelly.
The first song, 'No Friend Of Mine', is an uptempo acoustic guitar track with verses sung alternatively by both members, Elise and Kaitlyn.
It's lyrics take an aggressive stab at bitchy two-faced "friends" and I love how this song is both direct and dismissive of people like that.
We all know of at least one person who needs to hear this song.
'Voicemail' is a smooth-flowing lament about the frustration of missing someone recently broken up with. The lyrics are honest and self-deprecating and come together in a way that you can’t not empathise with, and the vocal harmonies in this track are exceptional.
Probably my favourite track on the EP.
'Me, Myself and I' is a mid-tempo ballad all about independence and getting on with life.
For me, this is the weakest track on the EP, because the vocal harmonies aren’t as good as the other tracks and I feel that this should have a different, empowering feel to it rather than the ‘petering-out’ it has.
'McDonalds Drive-Thru' is a song of real-life hopes and fears about relationships.
This is a beautifully constructed song that’s easy to sing along to. The honest, comedic lyrics remind me of Lily Allen at her peak except this is better because it’s a perfectly managed duet. I’m guessing this is the one that will become their signature song, and why the hell not - it’s unique, catchy, and makes you smile.
I managed to get a quick chat with Komparrison, and asked them about the inspiration behind their EP: “We started to write the songs when we were still in school, that’s why it’s called ‘Tales Of Youth’. It’s a mixture of our experiences with boys and friends, really. Just kind of writing about our experiences.”
The EP launch night is on the 13th April at Whole Latte Love Cafe Bar in Stockton-on-Tees, tickets £5 adv £6 otd.
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