New Release: Star Slinger – Sketchy EP
Having fun; making music. A lot of small producing groups approach their art with a mantra such as this, developing tracks and ultimately albums around the idea of “who cares” because it’s all about making it for the fans and for themselves. I would argue Star Slinger took this to heart and created their latest EP release, Sketchy, dabbling in a little of this and a little of that and overall showcasing a broad mix of tracks.
Track 1 is really the front runner of the 4-track release, boasting a dance-laden rhythm which isn’t too aggressive, lyrics that are just the right amount of sensual – almost whimsical – and instrumentation that is simple yet fine crafted. The track 2 and title track “Sketchy Boys In The Back of the Bus” is a bass motion, paralleling the simplicity yet plainly fun nature of developing music and lyrics. “Alpha Lead” and “Rainy Day” are less impressive, perhaps throwaway tracks which don’t match the idea behind the prior two, but decent nonetheless. But in the grand scheme of releases over the 6-year career, Sketchy EP is welcomed and appreciated.
Recommended Tracks: 1, 2
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No Artist Feature this month, but check back for the April issue and we’ll make up for it. ♥