Take a pinch of folk, a smidgen of rock and mix thoroughly with oodles of indie and the result is a great 4 track EP ‘Dirty Southern Love’ from Ohio band ‘Emily & The Complexes’.
Quite how the lead track ‘Jersey City Blues’ came to drop onto my lap I’m still not sure (that wonderful new invention ‘The Internet’ may have had something to do with it one suspects). However, these things tend to happen for a reason and this moment of good fortune led to an addiction that could only be satisfied by obtaining the remaining three tracks.
The EP’s tracks, while genre-crossing, have a very lazy, laid-back feel to them. There is no fluff or over-production here, just strong songwriting, talented musicians and wonderfully crafted lyrics. In fact, it’s the lyrics that take the tracks in an all-together different direction to the aforementioned simmering arrangements as singer/songwriter Tyler Verhagen leaves us in no doubt his creations relates to real life experiences.
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The EP is a pleasant change in direction from their 2012 LP ‘Styrofoam Plate Blues’. That release was more up-beat (dare I say almost pop) and contained none of the brooding guitars and tapered drums from ‘Dirty Southern Love’. This new release certainly has a more confident and natural feel to it.
‘Jersey City Blues’ stands out on the EP. It’s wonderfully melodic and contains the slightest of guitars. However, it almost seems a little unfair to showcase one track when in fact it’s great to discover an EP where all of the material is strong. My one criticism … I just wish there was more of it.
The ‘Dirty Southern Love’ EP is set for a 19th August 2014 release. Track-listing is as follows…
1. Yer Boyfriend (Is a cheapskate)
3. You Won’t
4. Jersey City Blues