Five Turnings EP
Worcester based band Navajo Ace have been making a name for themselves over the past year splits a string of well received live dates (including support slots with the likes of Bivouac and Texas Is The Reasons‘ Garret Klahn) and now the band unleash their debut EP Five Turnings.
Some jangling guitar riffs and the voice of singer Adam Barnes announce the arrival of the EPs opening track Tiger In The Tank before the song explodes into life with great confidence and a catchy vibe that reminded me of Sunny Day Real Estate or Jawbreaker (and I get the feeling that these two great bands are influences on Navajo Ace and rightly so) emits from the speakers that propels the track forward throughout its almost four minute duration although song ends on a bit of a downbeat manner but this works well and it gets the EP off to a cracking start.
That great start keeps on going with the Underneath Cars, a song that retains the bands emotional take on things but done with a more poppies sheen, that essential edge is still there, something that the bands songs have in spades. Awkward Places, the EPs next song, starts with an album out electronic sounding beat that takes you by surprise a little at first but when this is combined with the inspired use of harmonica and the bands cracking melodies, it marks another memorable track with some great melodic vocals and a laid back groove that fits the track perfectly.
The more dirgey but still as catchy Five Turnings has to be the highlight here, a brilliantly paced track with the right amount of vivacity and an energy that you can’t and don’t want to escape from. The EP concludes with Drop The Needle and finishes things off well with its anthemic nature as the song has a defiant as well as triumphant feel to it and once the final notes fade out, you will want to stick it back on and listen to it in full again, its that infectious.
With the summer fading away and Autumn approaching , listening to this EP seems like perfect soundtrack for this time of year. This is music with a blistering heart and soul but with a melancholic edge to it, looking forward back but also looking forward and above all its catchy, memorable and has an assured nature to it that will establish itself even more on further releases.
Keep a look out for Navajo Ace, a band that are definitely going places.
Be sure to get the release now- https://navajoace.bandcamp.com/releases
Words: Gavin Brown