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Inu - A crowded place

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Published on May 4, 2010

Inu are a relatively new band exploring electronica and new wave genres within their soundscapes. The band consists of three established individuals, including Count (DJ Shadow, New Order, Radiohead, Halou), Tim Hingston (Nyles Lannon) and Zoe Keating (Imogen Heap, Rasputina). With this musical experience and background we can hope to receive five epic tracks on this EP entitled Monster.

Inu, although slightly different musically remind me of Turin Brakes and other acts driven by a lead vocal across less apparent and less obtrusive instrumental work. The Bailing shows off this similarity well giving dignity to the simplicity of music and not over-working any one aspect. It is soft and light but a well polished performance and the production shows the abilities of Inu flawlessly. With this song, they achieve a perfect arrangement and delivery.

Tracks Stephen Colbert and Disarm are both created with much the same outcome, exploring a musical journey rather than a three minute, meaningless number. They create a classy atmosphere and I believe this is representative of their previous musical experience over the years. They understand the formulas that work well and they succeed in achieving their goals. Others may class this as safe, but I would suggest Inu know what they are doing and do it VERY well.

A Crowded Place offers a more diverse angle for Inu where heavier keyboard and brass sections are drawn upon from the beginning. The vocals are delayed upon entering; ensuring a more prominent story telling line is secured. This is a darker track and takes a number of listens to truly appreciate. More so than the others which are more instant in their likeability.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ( Overall, Monster is an impressive EP and one that will sustain multiple listens without losing its ability to offer an enjoyable listen.

Not to be confused with the Japanese Inu as this is more for fans of Radiohead, The Album Leaf and the likes. VERY GOOD LISTEN ). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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