Friday, July 15, 2011

Review: Escape Directors “The Crowded Room” [EP]

The Escape Directors are back with a new five song EP entitled “The Crowded Room”, which follows their noteworthy “Ladders” from last year (reviewed here). For fans of bands like Coldplay, The Fray, or O.A.R., the Escape Directors specialize in atmospheric pop rock featuring brilliant sonic textures, smart lyrics, and top notch production. When they combine their studio know how with a memorable melody, the results can be breathtaking.

The first three songs are the best on the new EP. The opening track, “The War Outside” is a slow burner that claws its way into your memory cells with a soaring chorus and dramatic vocals. “Set Fire To A Crowded Room” sounds more like Snow Patrol – a compelling lead guitar line carries the verses, building up to a powerful chorus that tempts you to sing along every time. One of the more upbeat tracks, “The Distant Past” could be my favorite Escape Directors song yet. “The Distant Past” is propelled by an engaging rhythm and shines with gorgeous harmonies. Don’t let “The Crowded Room” escape you – look for it on July 16.

Escape DirectorsOfficial site.

Check out the video for “The Distant Past”