The Reading five-piece have a warm quality that can’t be ignored. Whilst their music comes across as sun-kissed, their style is far from the predictable shoegaze that sees many bands fall into obscurity. Instead, they’ve opted for an intriguing mix of genres, pulling the best and brightest from grunge, pop, indie and funk, finding themselves somewhere between Phoenix and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
The EP focuses on the experiences of human behaviour, from love and ambition to more visceral feelings of human nature. As always, lead singer Jennifer Stearnes’ vocals are soft and sincere, choosing her moments to unleash the extent of her range. This gives their tracks a great deal of dynamism – you’ll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn’t change its stripes a few times throughout its duration.
This is one of Saltwater Sun‘s best qualities; they leave no stone unturned when writing, looking at every part of a song to find how they can push it just a little bit further. With many genre-isolated bands, there is often an overriding pull to stay within limits. That’s one thing that this five-piece won’t have any problems with.