The heavy breathing on opening track Aim, and the “white flag, white flag I surrender” refrain on piano driven track Fire, are both signs that the singer of this duo is very much on the verge of giving up. But the motivation to put these feelings into song format are still there, and thankfully so. The strength of the guitar and piano alone on these tracks are enough to tug at the emotions, but with the power of the vocals, the emotions are certainly amplified. The vocals on these tracks are very direct and they’re sung in key at every moment. This is by no means a negative, but to give these songs feel slightly more real, it may have been helpful if these vocals had more of a raw feeling to them, let the emotions bleed through like Sharon Van Etten does in her music, or an even better example would be the fantastic Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone by Lykki Li. This doesn’t take away from the songs, they are still very good on their own.
There is a lo-fi aesthetic to these tracks, even though the vocals are the stand out but at times they feel mixed in a way that muffles the singer’s voice, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it doesn’t add to the songs in the best kind of way. Two Beats Apart do show their liking for bands like Bon Iver but they don’t have the melody in their songs to be as captivating, not that the melodies aren’t there but they could be stronger, the songs tend to stay stagnant and don’t progress throughout, and that could potentially add more flavour.
These three tracks do show promise, there is a lot of talent here and Fire shows that they can add a good hook to their music and still keep the feelings of the song intact, perhaps more tracks like this can give them more attention in the near future.
You can listen to aim below.