Something Beginning With L
The Listed Building EP
Released: April 11 2011
Genre: Indie Rock / Pop
By: Alexandra Lyon
Something Beginning With L are an intriguing trio – hailing from London and surprising many critics with their debut EP, “The Listed Building”. Remaining relatively unknown, the talented three have taken their influences such as Fever Fever, Breeder and Autolux and compiled four tracks that would make any indie/pop rock fan do a double-take.
The EP consists of four tracks, opening with the horribly catchy Angel Sized. It’s upbeat, full of bass-y undertones and a crisp, confident female lead vocal makes for an exciting two minutes. Three seconds in, we can already tell that the song is likely to be an atypical indie hit; the guitar behind the quirky vocals and the frequent appearance of the crash cymbal are notably similar to the sounds of the bow-tie and scarf wielding Welsh 7-piece, Los Campesinos!. The varied dynamics throughout the track make it unpredictable and fresh, and the focus on single instruments such as the electric guitar at several intervals really showcase the talent of the bunch.
The second track, Younger Thoughts is substantially slower in tempo and notably more thought provoking. It’s interesting from the start as a clever use of layers is demonstrated with the vocals, a homophonic mix of female croons. They aren’t very loud, however, which keeps the simple rock beat of the drums and the almost twinkling piano part in the forefront of the listener’s attention for almost the entirety of the song. It isn’t unpleasant in any way, though it does seem to be the most unremarkable of the four tracks.
Expansion Ride is introduced by a simple but effective acoustic guitar riff, and is gradually joined by a haunting melody sung by the two girls of the group. Their harmonies are very impressive, and what should sound out of place and odd actually sounds beautiful and imaginative. In the middle-8, we’re given the impression that a more punchy, powerful section is about to emerge, though it doesn’t, which is slightly disappointing. All in all, it remains a lovely track, it just feels as though it’s lacking in a certain ‘je nais sais quoi’.
The EP ends with Unwittingly Beautiful, an appropriate track name if ever there was one. The electric guitar accompaniment behind the female vocal compliments it perfectly; they also use an abstract technique for this style, introducing some sounds and guitar parts reminiscent of 1980’s synth-pop. A muted cow-bell adds a quirky feel, and the again ghost-like lyrics hover appropriately over an impressive range of instruments and rhythms. The EP doesn’t go out with as much of a bang as was expected from hearing the first track, but it doesn’t disappoint either.