Off Road Minivan - Spiral Gaze
Review by Shannon Shumaker
Off Road Minivan’s debut EP, Spiral Gaze might be short, but it certainly packs a punch. Throughout these four songs, the band weaves together somber instrumentals, emotive vocals and powerful lyricism to create a very vulnerable and unique debut release. Falling in line with artists like Citizen while still managing to craft a sound all their own, Off Road Minivan show quite a bit of promise with this release.
Although Spiral Gaze’s opening track starts slow, it quickly explodes into a strong chorus, complete with powerful vocal work. If they were trying to make a good first impression, then they absolutely succeeded. In fact, the first track is only one-upped by second song, “Light Up The Room.” Where “Spiral Gaze” is more energetic, “Light Up The Room” is slow and stunning, putting the focus more on the instrumentals.
As a whole, Spiral Gaze accomplishes exactly what an EP, especially a debut, should. It gives you a brief glimpse into Off Road Minivan’s world, proving their diversity in more upbeat tracks like “Glow,” which sits nicely alongside the heartbreaking and vocally driven, “17 Years.” The EP also successfully sets a rather moody tone for the band’s future releases. Although fleeting, Spiral Gaze hits hard emotionally and is well worth a few spins just so it can all sink in.
LISTEN TO: "Spiral Gaze" or "17 Years"
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