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Clues – Endless Forever 7″

Cover of Endless Forever

So this is our first seven inch review. You can check over on the What We Do page for an idea of what this website is about, but as a brief introduction: we want to review one seven inch a week. It might be rare, it might be readily available, the band might or might not be from our town, Cleveland. Either way, each week we want to tell you about one cool 7″ record and one cool band (the two go hand in hand). Then, one year from now, we’re going to auction off each 7 inch we’ve reviewed (one week at a time) and donate the proceeds to charity.

We kick off this blog with a review of a seven inch by a band called Clues. Clues was formed out of the ashes of two Canadian Bands, the Unicorns and Les Angles Morts (which is itself has two previous members of the Arcade Fire). Alden Penner and Brendan Reed are the main songwriters of Clues, but they have help on this record and their full length from an assortment of players. Clues have since broken up, but they left us this single and a full length in 2009. Endless Forever has two songs, an a side of a remixed song from the full length and a bside demo of an early song originally released on a cd-r.

We’ll review each of the sides separately.

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Ledmonton (Endless Forever Version)

 

Eric’s Thoughts:

I like songs that have a jangle to them. Not a jingle, but rather a jangle; that sort of something in a song that gives it a loose feeling. The band Man Man has some good jangle to their songs. Ledmonton(Endless Forever) jangles, but it also creeps along. It slinks like a mongoose creeping up on a viper and then the song climaxes in a war march that still
manages to retain that jangle. That jangle of a man who walks with a loose gait and a faraway look in his eyes. I think it is a great song, complete with driving horns and drumming urging the listener onward either to battle or to get up on your horse and ride.

 

Rob’s Thoughts:

Ledmonton comes off as a tease of a Unicorns song into a full blown march. The early jangly, guitar riff to the 4/4 strumming to the sung vocals over stop and start bass and guitar is what made the Unicorns so great. But right when you think you know how the songs going to progress, everything suddenely stops, and the rest of the band comes in, announcing their presence. There are still quiet points to the song, but for the rest of the 3 odd minutes, it’s all about driving forward, coming out of the bedroom and out onto the stage, attacking with forward momentum, guitars and bass and drums blazing against the unknown forces arrayed against the song. And the trumpet repeating the hummed melody lines, which isn’t so much words as dum da da dum results in a crescendo of voices and instruments. By the end of the song, the band has climbed a mountain, and pulled the listener up along with it.

 



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You Have My Eyes Now (Demonstration Version)

Eric’s Thoughts:

If Ledmonton is a driving jangle urging the listener on toward battle, then “You Have My Eyes Now”, the B-side, is the aftermath of the ensuing fight. Its slow and brooding and sounds a bit post-rocky with quietly fuzzy guitars that seem to be coming from a distance. For me this song embodies the feeling of being absolutely drained after a demanding physical endeavor; like swimming for hours at a time and stepping out of the pool unable to string together a coherent thought.

Rob’s Thoughts:

The B-Side, You Have My Eyes Now, is a softer, waltzy answer to Ledmonton. Without rehashing too much of what Eric’s great description above, I want to point out where Ledmonton had a stop and start, loud and quiet dynamic, You Have My Eyes Now is the swirly guitar, constant tempo and volume that leaves the listener feel as though their floating up above. Almost a lullaby to the action of Side 1, You Have My Eyes does pick up with a few Whoa’ahs, in the second half, but they serve only to float out to see and leave us with a setting sun.

 


This seven inch is for sale at Constellation Records (who put out a lot of great stuff). Buy the seven inch. The full length is also for sale and is equally recommended.

Check back next week for Laura Stevenson and the Can’s new single, Runner!