written by Carter Theis
As our enoch team is nestled away in the comforts of Skid Row Los Angeles, I got curious and opened one of our record label emails. In it, I found a promo package for this 3 song EP by a band named The Quite Revolution (TQR). They are from Israel and describe themselves as a singer songwriter folk band. In fact it’s a little more complicated than that; the email promo read as follows: ” They are a singer songwriter folk band. Think of them as if Elliott Smith meets Janis Ian; darkness meets light; simplicity meets complexity; sci-fi /fantasy inspired lyrics meet melancholic bitter-sweet melodies.” “Wow,” I thought, “I know like 5 personal friends that are singer song writers and they’re all sci-fi /fantasy inspired…So, who cares?”
So then why am I writing this review, you ask?… One reason, or rather one song, entitled: “Parallel Me.” The whole “melancholic bitter-sweet” build-up was just too much to pass up. I was sure this EP would suck, but I had to prove it. I previewed the audio tracks, and yes, 2 of their songs were useless to me, (to be fair, the genre is just too far from what I’m in to). But the third track, “Parallel Me” was impossible to ignore. As I listed to this amazing piano ballad featuring Hadar Green, I new it would be a crime not give this artist/song it’s deserved credit. Although singer song writer piano songs are not my passion, I somehow still appreciated this song’s melody. It was familiar yet surprising. By this, I mean the vocal melodies and chords are so well orchestrated, you feel like you’ve heard the song before. But once you think you know where the melodies are going, they take a turn for the better. They veer down a more unique and creative path. This song is great, and worth checking out. I don’t want to build it up too much, (i.e. my own “simplicity meets complexity” pitch), because it’s not THAT epic…but I think that’s the point. There’s something extra special about a song that is written and executed well, but still comes across as timid and simplistic. Anyway, I’m enjoying it.