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Endora

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | SELF

Perth, Western Australia, Australia | SELF
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"Endora EP"

Matt Pearce

The genre 'Acoustic Folk Rock' isn't something I typically enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon. But once I put Endora's self-titled debut EP in the CD player, not only did I find myself enjoying that style of music, I found myself singing along to the group's catchy melodies and tapping my feet to their rhythms.

This superbly produced release, (produced by Simon McCarthy, Simon Bint (vocalist) and Callum Bint (guitarist)), and mixed and mastered at Weathered Studios by Simon McCarthy) is a must have soundtrack for your chill-out days.

Simon's voice is an inspiring collection of beautifully sensual tones, amazing stability and strength with a falsetto that raises the hairs on the back of your neck. This sound smoothly melts into the soft and elegant guitar work of Callum Bint, and interweaves with the rhythmic backbone of the music - held up by bassist Jameson Bruce and drummer Andrew Field. The final touch of class to Endora's sound is the mystic, soothing sonance from the group's keyboardist, Jordan McArthur.

The first track on the EP 'Crossing off the Days' sets the mood for the rest of the record.

With a slightly off-kilter strumming pattern from Callum, and a soothing organ-like synth playing behind the guitar - your body sets itself to 'relax'. When Simon's voice oozes into the song you find yourself singing away even if you don't know the lyrics. This song, as it is, is definitely something you would expect to hear on mainstream radio during prime-time slots.

Lyrically, Endora have hit the nail on the head with Crossing off the Days. Each line throughout the song has a purpose and isn't simply created with the purpose of fitting in with the previous line. In fact throughout the whole record, the band shows that it is more than capable of capturing what needs to be said and delivering it with such impact that you can't help but dredging up your own memories. Those lyrics are intensified by Simon's amazing delivery.

The second track 'Paper Read 107' is another sublime song in the group's arsenal - much more mellow than its predecessor, but just as thought provoking and meaningful. McArthur's keyboards in this song are soothing, salacious and add a haunting element to the track. At almost nine minutes, it's a song of fairly epic proportions.

Track number three, 'The District Sleeps alone' is another haunting track. The synths throughout the intro are much darker. Closing your eyes and listening solely to the synths all you can picture is a smoke-filled graveyard. Add to that a rather dark chord progression and soft whisper-like vocals and you get the chills that Endora were most certainly intending you to get.

This brings us to the fourth track, an instrumental one called 'Distance'. It's a very lazy song, but that's not meant in a bad way. It just means that when listening to it, all you want to do is sit back and relax. The only criticism I could give this song is its position on the track list. The song feels more like an outro, even though it's the second last track on the EP.

The final song on the EP is 'You Told Me'. It's another epic nine minute song and fair enough too. To cut any part of the song would take away a crucial piece of it. Endora as songwriters captivate and titillate your senses. Each word, even when on paper, takes you through a journey - whether that is the journey the group want you to go on, or that of your own. Either way you're taken.

Musically, this song shows off a little more of each member's talents, but it's done in such a way that you're still listening to the collective whole not its constitutive parts. This is something a lot of new bands tend to struggle with and it's amazing that Endora has been able to master it, considering the band was only put together in December '08.I would, and have, recommended this EP to friends. It's an amazing debut from a potentially amazing up-and-coming band.

For more information on the band or to hear some of the songs on the EP visit Endora's MySpace page at: www.myspace.com/myendora
- Spaceship News | spaceshipnews.com.au


Discography

Endora - Endora EP (2009)
Endora - Not Like Me Single (2010)
Endora Beginning EP (2010)

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ENDORA are five lads from Perth's south producing a rousing brand of Indie Pop. With a sound likened to Death Cab For Cutie, Athlete, Tim and Jean, and Passion Pit, Endora intend to please your ears with blissful melody and incite dancing as their rhythm section launch into pulsing action. They released their debut EP, Endora, in early 2009 to rave reviews and just having released their second and decidedly more dance driven EP, Beginning, in November 2010 there is a lot to be excited about when you hear the name Endora.

Endora's recorded work has been well recieved. Matt Pearce of Spaceship News writes:

"Endora as songwriters captivate your senses. Each word, even when on paper, takes you through a journey - whether that is the journey the group want you to go on, or that of your own creation. Either way you're taken."

The Endora boys have been busy in recent months playing to enthusiastic crowds and upbeat reviews. Drum Media's Dan Parkinson wrote,

"Endora brought their epic and well defined sound to the stage cruising though a set of Death Cab For Cutie inspired melody. An obligingly cool end to the night."

Endora's sound is a five piece swelling mix of guitars, keys, bass and drums. It is something to become lost in, something to grapple with and something to get you moving. The band takes influence from Passion Pit, Death Cab For Cutie, Local Native, Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Sigur Ros, Sufjan Stevens, and Black Kids.