The self-titled album for indie rockers Tibet, marks the band’s second EP. I immediately wanted to hear more after watching the band live last month, and this EP definitely satisfies the craving! The 4 track EP is packed with energy, hooks and great musicality; aspects that really stood out in their live performance, and these are the keys to what make the EP tremendously enjoyable.
Right from the start, So Low You Forgot How To Lose demonstrates the level of musicality in the band. The track sounds like it could have been written by Supergrass, incredibly high praise I know, but it’s deserving of it. The track never lacks energy, features some great transition sections, and the variety of techniques used on all instruments keeps the track sounding fresh and interesting throughout. The drumming utilises a slightly unorthodox beat in the verse, revolving around the toms, providing a great space for the vocals to perform. The use of guitars to emphasise changes in dynamics are great, not just playing chords throughout, but incorporating complex arpeggios and lead melodies to prepare the transitions and modulations. The vocal techniques are also very interesting on the album, although these techniques are perhaps most apparent on In My Head.
In My Head makes excellent use of the same features apparent in the opening track, but the delivery of the vocals is what takes centre stage on this track. While the song begins like an indie song we’ve all heard before, it develops much further. The incorporation of backing vocals to build the verse up is great, and again a common feature on the EP. However, it’s the chorus that’s really exciting on this track; the fast paced, almost rapped style really epitomises the up-tempo, high energy aspect of the band. They’re well off-set by the more melismatic oohs in the backing vocals. And the two aspects manage to combine really well to provide constant points of interest. It’s a track that just makes you want to get up and dance, and this level of energy is undeniably characteristic of the EP.
See You Tonight is the lead single from the EP, and is an excellent choice to demonstrate what the band has to offer. It immediately bursts into life with a catchy guitar lead over an up-tempo drum beat. The song really steps up for the chorus, with synchronised pushes that kick the energy levels up a notch, driving the track forward and again making you want to dance to it. A really great section follows the chorus, as it attempts to come down a bit after the chorus, and would be great for crowd participation in a live set. The song finally relaxes for the last 10 seconds, allowing a brief respite before the next track kicks in. In spite of the great aspects discussed about Tibet‘s 2nd EP, there are a couple of things that prevent it from being really great.
Possibly the most disappointing aspect is the EP’s length; with only 4 tracks, each less than two and a half minutes; TIBET is not even 10 minutes long. There is, of course, loads of exciting and engaging aspects featured in that almost 10 minutes, but it is still somewhat disappointing, and feels more like a single with B-sides than an EP. The other drawback of note, is the lack of originality presented in the tracks. Tibet definitely have their own unique sound, clearly demonstrated on this EP, but there are times when it sounds like a track could have been from a Pigeon Detectives or The Kooks album. By no means a bad things, but it demonstrates that the genre is pretty fully explored, and Tibet will probably end up being one of many, rather than a genre defining, classic band.
Overall, the EP is incredibly enjoyable though; it’s musically well-constructed with great guitar features, cleverly thought out transitions and excellent use of backing vocals to create counter melodies and maintain interest. Also, the energy of this music is terrific, it is highly infectious, and you can’t help but be in a good mood after listening. Unfortunately the lack of variety, and length of the EP lets it down a bit, but if you want a full on 10 minutes of indie fun, this is definitely for you!
The EP is available FOR FREE! from the band’s website . Or if that’s not really your thing, it’s also available on Spotify.