Making themselves supremely awkward for this site’s categorisation system, London-based band The ‘A’ Train describe themselves as an “alt-folk-rock psych-indie calypso-country soul group. Bit of a mouthful, huh?
I initially listened to their EP, “Beginning”, this morning while taking the bus to college and although listening intently at first, I soon found myself drifting away lost in thought. Realising what I had done, I put it on again on the bus back this evening, and did it again.
Now this may sound like a useless transgression – one which is implying that the EP is nothing more than background music, no less, but neither assertion is true.
The fact is, that the music is just so damn mellow that you can’t help but be relaxed by it.
These are the kinds of songs that trees would write. If they were very, very stoned.
There is a real retro-feel to the music and the melodies and harmonies draw you in before leaning back, kicking their feet up onto the table, and blowing you back out.
Third track “Advantages” is a particular highlight, the tune really grips you and James McKean’s vocals have a very 70s kind of feel. It’s one of those songs that makes you reach for the repeat button.
This is an EP I look forward to zoning out to on the bus many more times in the future.
(Released through Vantage Room Records on 28th February 2011)
Kenneth John Porteous