ALBUM REVIEW: Morain – Worlds Apart EP

Orignally posted on Noise Cannon: http://noisecannon.com/2014/04/12/morain-worlds-apart-ep/

a3883631858_10English four-piece Morain are about to deliver new EP Worlds Apart, a project that the band started in August with the help of producer Roni Szpakowski. After supporting Canterbury, filling out London venues, and the success of previous EP Are We Lost, expectations for Morain’s latest release are pretty high. The EP, set to show off the band’s refined brand of ‘expansive pop rock’, most certainly does not disappoint.

Worlds Apart features single ‘Who Would’ve Known’, a steady rhythm accompanied by gentle and simple vocals. Though modestly structured the general sound holds a feeling of summer euphoria, despite the lyrical basis of the EP that centres on the not so upbeat feeling of losing grip of an emotional constant. This comes across much more in ‘Fighting With The Devil’, a track with saddening lyrics sung at almost a whisper, complete with violins lending a sorrowful tone to. It is at this point that Worlds Apart shows emotional depth furthered by the addition of delicate female vocals. Nevertheless, there is light at the end of the tunnel and the albums ends on a high note with an empowering single to fulfil the record but also to make you wish there was more to follow.

Morain tick every box on the pop rock checklist, albeit with a little indie twist. Track by track, the self-acclaimed expansive nature of this band grows with each song holding a different twang, a different emotion. With relatable stories of “I want you to want me for me” complemented by an array of melodic hooks, Worlds Apart is both an EP for listeners to find solace in and to simply enjoy and sing along to.

Instrumental highs will leave you biting your lip and pinching the air in pure ecstasy. Worlds Apart serves as an all-round hit and answers all those questions of “what on earth is expansive pop rock anyway?”

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