You know, sometimes I look at my little spreadsheet full of music to review and begin to wonder how on earth January became so big. We are now in the month of March and I am STILL posting reviews for music that was released at the start of 2015. Luckily the music still left to check out from January is pretty good, and I’m sure there’s going to be a few gems hidden in there, including Dollars For Thieves, the new EP from Brooklyn singer-songwriter Erica Glyn. If you like women with guitars and a slight case of insanity, then you should definitely hop on this bandwagon.
Lead single All Just For You kicks off the EP with a slow paced bassline that is so thick and dominating that it immediately grabs the attention. Erica fills this intro with an array of astronomical background noises and the slight echoes of guitars, before letting rip with the occasional burst of riff, converting this beginning into a badass “could be in a Tarantino film” kinda track. Erica’s vocals are on point and definitely help create this moody allure that the instrumentation has produced, allowing the big booming finale of huge riffs, lead licks and thumping drums to sound simply cool as hell. A great start to the EP.
Wanting and Wanting cements the EP’s excellence by cutting another solid performance in the middle of the tracklisting. Heavily reverberated guitars scatter across the airwaves against a stark drum beat while Erica’s vocals do the duty of delivering the hooks, and it all works really well. The drums really come to life in this track, developing and producing a section towards the end that showcases them in such a way it could make James Murphy cry. It’s awesome.
Our personal highlight has to be The Killing Moon, already armed with a great title, this track takes all of the eccentricities we’ve heard from Dollars For Thieves thus far and produces something that tugs at the heartstrings. Each of the instruments contribute a sound that’s just beautiful, and the reverb sounds natural enough for it to create an atmosphere that really envelops you; it’s wonderful.
Dollars For Thieves is a fantastic EP from Erica Glyn. It offers a great tale of progression as it comes out swinging with its opening track but eventually relaxes and reveals its true personality. There’s vulnerability, there’s heartfelt emotion inside and against the ballsy instrumentation it creates this revelation that it’s okay to be a little bit glum sometimes. It’s awesome. I absolutely love this EP, and will certainly be listening to it over and over again.