The Cinematics | Break EP (TVT)

breakThey're Scottish, and they apparently grew up on New Wave music. True, it's easy to be hokey, but the Cinematics manage to show some serious musical chops while making largely lighthearted dance music.

 

They're Scottish, and they apparently grew up on New Wave music. True, it's easy to be hokey, but the Cinematics manage to show some serious musical chops while making largely lighthearted dance music. The title track combines decent lyrics and a strong voice to make a catchy song-and then ratchets it up a notch with a killer guitar riff and some soaring vocals reminding us, "‘It's just a trick of the light,' she said." Live, you're sure "Burning Light" would be just that: floor-mounted high-beams, pointed upward, outward, sideways, creating a wall of illumination. Though it's a solid effort and enjoyable listen, there's not much to set this one apart. "Sunday Sun" has "single" written all over it-but that's probably because it was a single, written and performed by a guy named Beck. Somehow, the Cinematics manage to make it sound like an '80s song-which, in this case, isn't a good thing. Perhaps it's the clear, sharp vocals of Scott Rinning, or the way the band plays the song without pause, as if they're in a hurry to get it over with; either way, it's not their best effort (yet, sadly, it's probably the one that will get them the most attention). Closing the too-short, too-middling EP is the (finally) unforgettable "Home." Backed by the simplicity of a guitar, Rinning's voice and words are allowed to shine, and they do so beautifully. The pauses are long and unabashed, the frailty embraced and heralded; yes, it's more than a little evocative of Jeff Buckley, and that's a very, very good thing. Admittedly, the wave may get people out on the dance floor, but unfortunately with this EP, it's not enough to keep 'em satisfied. Let's hope the Cinematics' next offering is more in line with their obvious talents. C | Laura Hamlett

RIYL: Go West, Arcadia, Jeff Buckley ("Home" only)

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Laura Hamlett is the Managing Editor of PLAYBACK:stl. In a past life, she was also a music publicist and band manager. Besides music, books, and other forms of popular culture, she's a fan of the psychology behind true crime and violent criminals. Ask her about mass murder...if you dare.

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