The Quick Review: “All of the Fire” from The Acrylics

The Acrylics
All of the Fire EP
Out Now on Terrible Records
The Acrylics All of the Fire EP

Here are the highlights to The Acrylics EP, “All of the Fire.”  This quick run-down suits the straightforward goodness of this young group as well as their accessibility (both audibly and tangibly – the EP has been floating on the Internet for months).  In chronological order, let’s go:
Lil Ivy – This imitable drumbeat, reflective guitar-driven piece gradually builds up pace, breaks down and hits its climax at the 1:43 mark when vocals are doubled with the Jason-Klauber/Molly-Shea harmony.   Instrumentals and vocals are strengthened from there on with a racing verbose chorus.  This one is more imagery-based (“skinny-dipping with a bottle of wine”) than lyrically-strong.
All Of The Fire – This along with the non-EP single “Molly’s Vertigo” are must-hears and both led by the gal, Molly.  This one earned blog attention and is the namesake for the EP.  The MP3 is all over the Internet, don’t waste any more time reading this review, just grab it.  Also, stick around for the whole tune; the last 40-seconds are much stronger than most songs’ ends.
Avenue I – The Brooklyn band sets this song passed out on the New York subway, and the content and feel is reminiscent of the Bright Eyes’ train songs.  The chorus trudges along like a subway car chugging in a cool way.   A play on words between the “I” in Avenue I, seeing eye to eye, and the personal “I” in “I’m so disappointed,” isn’t as well developed as it could be.
Conselyea – The most often skipped track.  Too slow and little develops; lyrics don’t amount to as much as this meandering song demands.  This one would get lost in a shuffle and could easily be mistaken for Neva Dinova, fitting nicely on a Team Love soundtrack.  This one hints at quality, but falls short and boarders cheesy.  This being by far the worst song on the EP is good indication how good the band/EP is.
Honest Aims – The EP closes with a definite strong point; a catchy guitar accentuates the uplifting repetition of the lyrics “nothin’ gonna stop me” – not unlike Free Energy one tiny bit.  I’m not a fan of guitar solos, however, this jam is all contained within the confines of this four-minute pop song.  I think “Honest Aims” is a cool phrase, sounds like Honest Abe, and cool way of saying sincere.
This band seems like one that’ll continue to progress, as opposed to a blogband with a strong EP that’ll continually fade.  Checking them out live will certainly deepen your Acrylics-appreciation, and after this be sure to search around for their non-EP tracks – also very impressive.  Also, it wouldn’t be right to not end the same way each review of the EP does: it was produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor.
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