Album Review: Carlyle - Electric Move EP
Written By: Andrew Boyd
If you’re a fan of funky blues rock with a modern edge, Carlyle is the band for you. Carlyle just released their first EP, Electric Move, on June 3 rd and the 4 track EP is a great representation of the new age, underground blues being produced in this province. Jake Davis (Bass) and Brian Knee (Guitar) share a lot of the vocals and complement each other well throughout. It’s worth nothing that Jake’s voice is reminiscent of Jody Richardson during his Fur Packed Action days.
The bass lines and some of the guitar licks seem inspired from the Frusciante-era RHCP while the song-writing itself has a lot of feel to it which is a very important attribute of any piece of music. The regularity of instrumental breaks in between vocals actually enhances the impact of the vocal lines while Carlyle’s drummer, Stu Collins, is the proverbial glue that holds it all together by keeping the songs in the pocket.
A couple constructive criticisms would be how the album was recorded. While the drum recordings are not terrible nor reflective of the drummer’s talent, the drums themselves would serve the music much better in the right room with the proper mic set ups – you particularly notice this as the cymbal wash has a tendency to overpower the rest of the kit at times. The mixing also tends to favour the guitar.
With that being said, the EP is short and sweet so we’ll cut them some slack because the 4 songs that make this EP are definitely bangers.
Overall, the song writing is great and the guys are definitely going to make some waves in the scene if they keep doing what they’re doing. Looking forward to seeing them release a full-length studio album in the future.
Favorite Track: Hooch
Listen here: http://carlyle.bandcamp.com/
Live video for Black Sheep: https://youtu.be/sKV9weGrShA