Reviewed by Eugenia Vela.
|Rating: 8.0 of 10.|
You know, I try to steer clear of anything Twilight-related. Just a dark, personal issue of mine. When the second movie came out, I remember people commenting on its soundtrack, claiming it was sooooo good, OMG. Needless to say, I didn’t listen.
Apparently, Twilight did get something right. Hurricane Bells is a project from Steve Schiltz, Longwave singer and guitarist for nearly a decade. The band was created about two years ago, and their newest EP, Down Comes The Rain, still embodies all the beauty and delicacy that clearly (and enviably so) comes effortlessly to Schiltz.
It’s a short collection, and only two out of the five tracks are new original songs from the band. The other three are cover songs, but we all know that when done well, cover songs can rule the world. East River Pipe’s “Make A Deal With The City” and Blue October’s “Into The Ocean” are entirely relevant with the rest of the collection, running smooth yet remaining exciting milestones that will leave first-time listeners searching for the original material.
The fantastic thing about Down Comes The Rain is that my favorites turned out to be the originals. “The Waiting Song” easily inspires scenes of love and inevitable self-doubt that are fresh and perfectly in-tune with what people want to listen to today. And it was the second original, “The Deep End,” that most reminded me of the kind of enticing and inspiring sound that paths the way for indie to become, not necessarily commercial, but comprehensive and global.
This short project comes to an end with “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” with Ashen Keilyn, a duet so magically simple that it doesn’t manage to steal the show, but actually empowers it. All throughout, Down Comes The Rain can be read like poetry, with gorgeous lyrical imagery of hopelessness and light, water, opportunity and hope.
The main complaint I have for this collection might appear stupid and superficial, but it’s honest: There’s not enough. I don’t believe there was enough in Down Comes The Rain. Not enough from Hurricane Bells, at least. Like the next person, I’m a sucker for covers, but when this EP fell into my lap, I wanted to listen to Hurricane Bells, not a recreation of past hits. It might seem like a small flaw, but I take it strongly. It’s even kind of annoying, how the collection teases us into wondering what could come after and when it would come. But hey, non-musical lesson of the day: Twilight ain’t all bad (God help us all).