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Amy & The Engine: Tandemania

November 30th, 2015 | by NUSU
Amy & The Engine: Tandemania
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By now you may have heard of the little alternative rock group Wolf Alice, are you a fan of their music? Personally I like the rough edge, but it gets a little harsh after a few listens. So it was great when I was finally introduced to Amy & The Engine. Sprouting from Boston, Amy & The Engine is a six piece retro-pop band with some serious groove. TandeMania, their newly released EP, holds a collection of songs focusing on relationships and that awful break-up I’m sure most of us are familiar with.

this EP will sit right at home in a coffee shop, or while you’re trying to finish some of that last minute essay work

The EP is slow to start with their hit single ‘Arrow’, focusing on a gentle synth pop, and a smooth 70’s vibe. Their second song Love Me is similar in nature, but the build up is clear to hear. By the time they’ve hit their third song it really picks up, with vocals seemingly taken from Of Monsters and Men, and a funky chorus redolent of Haim’s work. The pace only seems to escalate with its fluctuating lyrical style, and its elegant layering. The last song may be daunting as first, leading with an impressive eleven minutes. Being the skeptic that I am, I was expecting a four-minute song that ended with seven minutes silence, then a subtle ‘hidden’ track, but what greeted me was a beautiful end to a striking EP.

Amy & The Engine are a instantly likeable band, with soft guitar riffs and soothing vocals this EP will sit right at home in a coffee shop, or while you’re trying to finish some of that last minute essay work. The elegant little songs will leave a pleasant vacancy in your life, which will, hopefully, be filled by their album in time.

Jonathan Hastings

4/5

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