Lovers Need Layers
With time in-between the Cursive juggernaut, headman Tim Kasher has rejoined with his Good Life cronies (Stefanie Drootin, Ryan Fox and Roger Lewis) to knock out this six song EP. Not only that, but the foursome has a full-length coming out in August. With Kasher at the helm, you would assume that some of influence of the brilliant Ugly Organ would rub off. Indeed, at times this is the case with songs like "Entertainer" sounding as if culled from the Ugly Organ sessions. Other tracks follow more of their own path consistent with past Good Life releases. The EP starts off on "Leaving Omaha" about Kasher's brief move to Oregon and other locales before resettling back to the HQ Omaha. As mentioned above, "Entertainer" is straight up Ugly Organ and though is phenomenal, it would fit more on that release then this. But, hey, the more the better as I see it. The title track follows a love defense along with some Beattles-esque organ keys providing backup and bridges. "Always A Bridesmaid" starts off with a catchy 80s piano that echoes from a film about college kids in Washington, D.C. or something. The song is impressive and will likely gain converts quickly and easily. Breaking the mellow mid-tempo trend, "Friction!" busts out with crazed punk before slipping into the familiar. "For the Love of the Song" closes out the record with acoustic guitars in front for a six-minute slow affair. In your time waiting for the next Cursive installment you can sufficiently satisfy your Kasher needs with this latest EP from the Good Life.