Thanks to the digital revolution, much of the music we hear is, quite literally, freely available. The key is to find special music by the likes of The Lovely Few who – in keeping with their space-themed releases – have a made a five star EP. The EP is produced by Dan McCurry who gave notice of his own songwriting prowess with Run Dan Run’s album released earlier this year. ’The Orionids’ is the second part in the band’s ‘Meteor Series’ and could loosely be described as ambient pop.
Due to its vintage synth backing, ‘Orion’ sounds like Death Cab For Cutie teaming up with Vangelis whilst ’Sci Fi Novels’ takes a harder-edge approach but only allows the guitars to simmer (rather than explode) with rage. ‘Try Again’ is another track which teeters on the brink of something dramatic with frontman and main vocalist Mike Mewborne deliberately suppressing any ideas of pace. The last official track from the EP is a gorgeous ambient rock number named ’Hunter’ which just leaves the self-explanatory ‘Celestial Chord’.
‘The Orionids’ is full of songs which seem to catch fire at any moment yet always hold back at the critical moment. It doesn’t really matter, however, as the fifteen minutes of music contained here is beautifully atmospheric.
Run Dan Run, The Helio Sequence, Vangelis