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Tablefox - EP Review: Glass Houses

19 May 2017 // A review by butch181
The Glass Houses EP starts out with an instrumental introduction. A three minute long track that begins with keys and a quiet, gentle and fragile guitar riff, but is then joined by a second louder, more abrupt guitar. The track has a gentle amplifying crescendo as it intertwines the music with ambient background noise that could be from a local coffee shop, as the keys that have been playing from the start, morph in an audial illusion to mimic the sound of a siren in the distance. Sweet and innocent, transforming into something almost haunting and abrasive.

Clinton Bell has a vocal style that sounds indiscriminantly British; with a voice that has distinct similarities to Robbie Williams, U2's Bono, and a tinge of the nasal sound characteristic of Placebo's Brian Molko. Under a Broken Smile, initially fools you into thinking it's a slow song, but picks up the tempo with an upbeat guitar riff. With beautifully simple guitar riffs over the bass, and nice backing vocals on the odd occasion when needed. 

Let Me Go is full-bodied, and the stand-out track of the release. It provides a cacophony of noises that gives the impression that every member of the band is trying to take the spotlight; high guitar riffs, booming bass, ear-catching tribal drums, wooing backing vocals all vying to be the focus. It works exceptionally well, engaging the listener as they try to appreciate the sound in its entirety. You get so taken up by trying to take note of all the individual melodies that in no time it's gone, leaving a gaping chasm of silence in it's wake.

This release from Tablefox is a well produced piece that seems unique to the New Zealand music scene. Lacking that deep, earthy, kiwi accent, and with a well-controlled use of instruments to compliment the vocals, they have created a mature, international sound that should have no trouble resonating with its listeners.

About Tablefox

Since the release of their debut EP ‘Passenger’ in 2013, Tablefox have undergone an evolution. Moving from a three piece to a five piece has seen the inclusion of dual weaving guitar lines and vocal harmonies that have broadened the band’s sonic palette.

During this time, Tablefox have been writing the new songs that will make up their debut album ‘Objects’. Recorded at Tsunami Sound Studios in the Horowhenua with engineer David Trail, the band went into the studio with the intention of producing an EP.

However, such was the creative energy of the sessions, they ended up tracking enough material for an entire album. The first single ‘Something Better’ was released in August 2015 and is available as a free download from the Tablefox Bandcamp page.

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Releases

Glass Houses
Year: 2017
Type: EP
Objects
Year: 2015
Type: Album
Passenger
Year: 2013
Type: EP

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