Future Talk – The Path That Sadness Paved review

FTTHEPATHTHATSADNESSSAVEDWords: Georgia Stephenson

Formed in the early months of 2014, Future Talk is a culmination of four guys originating from other projects – Alex Taylor on vocals, Jay McQuilkin and Jack Cadenhead on guitar, and finishing the line-up is Max Elderfield on drums. Their latest single Sleeping Pills has received credible airplay exposure on XFM and Kerrang, and their star is sure to get bigger once their debut EP The Path That Sadness Paved is released in late August.

Opening track Sleeping Pills launches the EP with a bang – a striking, pronounced guitar melody provided by Jay and Jack carries the track throughout, with Max’s drum playing crucially ensuring the track has a strong pulse. The icing on the cake is Alex’s vocals, which are crisp cut and not drowned out by the instruments, thus his words can be heard crystal clear. Sleeping Pills has a memorable chorus and influence from alternative rock bands such as Lower Than Atlantis and Mallory Knox have positively imprinted on the song. All in all, Sleeping Pills makes the perfect EP beginning.

Second track Shadow Poet opens with a simple strum of chords, but makes a pleasant contrast from the heavier onset of guitars in Sleeping Pills. By the meat of the song it does sound more similar to the opening song, not without the opening melody reappearing in bursts; it would have been interesting if Future Talk continued the path of their song based on the gentler opening chords rather than in a similar vein to Sleeping Pills. Saying this, by the second or third listen of Shadow Poet I was hooked, and grew to adore how powerful and striking the lyrics are, particularly one phrase, “And if only / The water was as shallow as you”.

The high quality of the EP endures to the very end – it is clear that the boys have found themselves very comfortable in their self-assured sound they have established themselves in, as it is continued in The Cliffs As A Reminder and on Fear Life. The cover art of the EP is an intelligent choice; listening to Fear Life gave me a feeling like I was floating effortlessly in the water, and suitably the picture of their EP conveys this image of a girl freefalling within depths of ocean. Fear Life does see the band head into more unexplored territories in terms of the tempo and experimental aspects of their music, which I would advise them to continue delving into for future releases. Overall, I would highly recommend this EP to people who love fresh alternative rock bands.

The Path That Sadness Paved will be released on the 24th August.

You can watch the music video for Sleeping Pills below.

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