When one thinks of the Pacific Northwest, one doesn’t typically associate that area of the country with the likes of Oregon’s own Elenora. But with the release of its new five-track E.P., “Avant Garde”, Elenora could become one of the bands to put that section of the country back on the musical map.
The EP’s opening song, ‘Bedfellows’ is a solid melodic post hardcore song that walks the line of screamo/emo just enough that it makes the song commercially viable. This song is comparable to work from the likes of Fall Out Boy and Set It Off. The addition of the keyboards in this song is just subtle enough to work. It adds a certain extra touch that makes the song that much better. ‘Rome Is Where The Art Is’ is another example of how the band is able to effectively balance its two sounds. The way that it builds into the heavier sound at the end makes for what is one of the EP’s best tracks.
That balance comes back into play on ‘An Open Book’ as the song moves from adrenaline fueled guitars and vocals to the gentility of the keyboard part in the break back to the guitar driven portion in the song’s second half is a good build on the song. ‘Star Crossed Lovers’ closes out “Avant Garde.” It continues the feel built throughout the previous four songs on the EP. It’s just as solid as those tracks. All combined, the five tracks on this EP make for a record that any fan of the post-hardcore/screamo-emo scene will enjoy. The EP is available online now at http://elenora.bigcartel.com/product/avant-garde-ep-preorder-album-out-august-10. For more information on Elenora, fans can go online to http://www.facebook.com/elenoramusic, http://www.phmrecords.com, and http://www.facebook.com/PersistentHeartMedia.
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