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Grassoline – Here But Not At Home

 

There are few bands that can focus in on such raw emotion and sincerity in just a few songs, even fewer bands can paint a whole picture in just four tracks. Thankfully, Grassoline have arrived.

 

Here But Not At Home is their second EP, the first ‘Mountain and Grave’ set such a high standard for the quartet with its heartbreakingly beautiful lyrics “Someone to share my mountain with, someone to share my grave”.  The fact they’ve completely blown away the bar so effortlessly is impressive if slightly annoying too.

 

“Antelope Wells” is gorgeous, each track sounds like a tale. A tale told by a rough, beaten traveller whose soul is overflowing with rich experiences and stories of women he’s loved and lost. These tales are being told at dawn, around the edge of a mountain with birds chirping and horses lazily roaming around…. I told you they painted a picture didn’t I?

 

Anyway, ‘Antelope Wells’ is so sombre and relaxed, Jonathan Tilley has a great husky voice, giving the track a lot of character and the whole EP a lot of charm. There’s one thing absolutely certain about Here But Not At Home; that it’s been crafted to every string of its life. Everything about it is so personal. The harmonica in ‘Waltzing Alone’ is effective because it adds such melancholy, the violin is so distinct because it grabs the listener’s attention and forms such a homely feel. Yes, that’s it; if I could only use one word to describe this EP it’s homely, which is ironic considering the title.

 

The talent of these four musicians becomes increasingly more obvious as the EP flows on; they all work well with each other. Nothing has been sacrificed to give someone else their spotlight, everything just fits.

 

Things get a little more exciting in ‘To a Blind Man’, a slow build up into a beautiful piece. It’s so romantically put together, as I said before; there’s a little piece of each member in this EP, and I feel that this is where Annie the violinist’s feminine spark took hold.

 

‘October Old’ doesn’t let the EP down, if anything it’s the brilliant resolution to the EP. It’s seven minutes of pure wonderful, soul cleansing stuff.

 

As I said before, Here But Not Home is carried off so easily it’s slightly infuriating. This EP has everything that it’s hard to find a fault;  I challenge you to find something wrong in this fascinating EP.

 

Sian Hodkin

 




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