Artists: Person L and Weatherbox
Album: Split EP
Label: Youth Conspiracy Records
After four long years of patient waiting, Person L and Weatherbox have finally recorded that 7-inch they had promised. The Split EP consists of four all new tracks, two from each band, all of which are terribly enjoyable. However, upon successive spins a more satisfying way to enjoy album has become apparent. Begin with either “OK” by Person L or “Kickflips For Weeks” by Weatherbox, and then alternate tracks between the two bands. A call and response, or a contest of sorts can be heard between the two groups from listening to the split in this way.
“OK” is one of the best indie-pop tracks that Person L has recorded, with densely layered with multiple instruments to produce a sound and feel that is very recognizable as their own. Additionally, the track is one of the cleanest Person L has recorded, lacking any distortion, but thankfully Kenny Vasoli’s caterwaul wail is featured throughout. “Winter Clothes” is a completely different beast than “OK,” with Vasoli flexing his creative muscles. All the distortion and effects that “OK” was lacking “Winter Clothes” found and is saturated with them. The most notable effect is that Vasoli’s vocals echo throughout the track, giving “Winter Clothes” an urgent, frantic feel.
Both “Kickflips For Weeks” and “Two Seductresses” find Weatherbox returning to the indie-rock/pop sound that Brian Warren had developed on his last full-length release, The Cosmic Drama. While on both Follow the Rattle of the Afghan Guitar and The Cosmic Drama possessed strong, dynamic instrumentation that sometimes overshadowed over aspects of the track; it is Warren’s characteristic metaphoric, personal lyrics that are put forward, front and center.
While all four tracks are wildly enjoyable, the tracks that Weatherbox contributed to the split are just not as satisfying as their Person L counterparts. However, this could easily be attributed to the fact that Person L has not released any new material for the past three years while Weatherbox have released two EPs. Regardless the Split EP is satisfying enough to satiate fans of either, both bands until more material is released.
Review written by: Ethan Merrick