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EP Review: What We Should Have Said by Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk released their new EP, What We Should Have Said at the beginning of March. It’s a visceral journey that conjures up mixture of emo luminaries’ Brand New and Balance & Composure while taking subtleties from The Cure and The Smiths.

These two sides of Pillow Talk blend beautifully throughout What We Should Have Said and are particularly evident on the superb ‘Make You Real’. The lyrical content is dark and emotional while the guitars soar and conjure a relaxed and ethereal feeling.

Pillow Talk started as a side project between vocalist Josh Cannon and guitarist Calvin Lauber, though it became immediately clear to them that the project was worth developing into something more substantial. After finding some friends to fill out the lineup, the band began booking shows with The World is a Beautiful Place and I’m No Longer Afraid to Die, Citizen, and Polar Bear Club, and crossed the midwest on a couple of tours, but learned firsthand the discomfort of such a rapid rise.

“The first year of touring really was full of growing pains,” says Lauber, “Both within the band and within our personal lives.” The band includes on this list a tornado, which they drove into during their second tour. Though they walked away with their lives and gear, their van and trailer were totaled. “Coming home and being alive was completely surreal,” Lauber adds. “It made us view our music and being in a band much differently. For the first time, we decided it was necessary to stay home and write for a few months so we could find a sound that we could call our own.

With that, you get the feeling that What We Should Have Said is an EP that sees a band comfortable and in sync with their sound. There’s no doubt Pillow Talk are the real deal, making this EP that little more special. You’d need a heart of stone not to feel some kind of comradery with the beautiful ‘Heaven Sent’ or the fragile ‘Room’. EP closer ‘Escape Me’ sees the band at the very top of their game, superb stuff.

Emotionally wrought and fragile in places, What We Should Have Said is a great EP. Well worth your time and attention.

AD Rating 7.5/10

 

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