Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Album Review: Hurricane Bells - Down Comes the Rain EP

Hurricane Bells is at it again, this time with Down Comes the Rain, the five-song follow-up to last year's debut Tonight is the Ghost. Steve Schlitz once again takes the helm in terms of the EP's creation, from the performing to the producing. The final result is a decent EP that helps satiate any cravings you may have for new Hurricane Bells material.

Hurricane Bells' cover of East River Pipe's "Make a Deal With the City" opens the EP with a solid rhythm and cool guitars, followed closely by "The Waiting Song," one of only two original songs on Down Comes the Rain. Neither "The Waiting Song" nor "The Deep End" are tremendously different from anything on Tonight is the Ghost, but they're nonetheless a good example of chilled-out indie rock.

Schlitz handles the other two covers with ease — "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," as made famous by The Shirelles, and "Into the Ocean" by former tourmates Blue October. The covers are undeniably well done; however, it would have been nice to hear more originals out of Schlitz, who certainly has the musical chops to make good music on his own.

Though there are currently no Triangle tour dates listed for Hurricane Bells, more shows in support of the release should be announced soon. No plans for a second full-length have yet been announced.

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