Review: Kodaline – The Kodaline EP

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Heralding from Ireland, long time friends Stephen Garrigan, Vinnie May Jr, Jason Boland and Mark Prendergast are about to start a full scale invasion into your middle ear and look set to occupy that territory for some time. Using their self titled EP as their major source of sonic weaponry, they have already found fans in Zane Lowe and the XFM listenership with a well drawn take on the indie pop of the turn of the century.

In psychedelic lament Lose Your Mind, echoes of Super Furry Animals are fused with a more direct pop sensibility giving credence to the early signs of success. Looping bass lines swell over and over with light a light guitar groove before exploding into a wonderful, harmonized chorus, which actually manages to use ‘woahs’ in just the right measure. EP closer, Perfect World shows more of Kodaline’s skill with the harmonies whilst showing something of a jackal and hide of delicacy and euphoria in the verse and choruses in a way very reminiscent of Coldplay’s infantry days on Parachute. There is little sign of straight rehashing but more a considered approximation for actually sounds good your ear. Pray comes across as something that Mansun would be proud to put out – perhaps if they had, they would still be around – with a similar darkness but created by a great deal more layering and a little less attention paid to the verse, chorus song structure.

With strong lead single already proving it’s worth with the aforementioned commercial credits, it’s hard to imagine Kodaline not doing big things with this EP and future releases. Well crafted songs made with more than the last fives years as an influence and ready-made harmonies and choruses for even the biggest of stadiums.

Words: Ben Clark