In the Celtic Punk capital of the world (funnily enough, Boston, not Ireland) there are but a few sonically remarkable bands to be found. You can find one of them in Eulone (that’s pronounced “ee-oh-loon”, or “ay-loon” if you prefer), and their new EP is entirely worth getting. Eulone’s Canvas EP is filled with complex guitar licks and unorthodox percussion, and would satisfy any new-prog geek. Canvas is a whopping six tracks, which seems lengthy for an EP, but hey, you’re getting your money’s worth. Didn’t I mention? Eolune’s Canvas EP is completely free. No cash, no commitments, just unabashed new-prog.
Canvas earns a great deal of my respect for being nearly unassailable instrumentally. No progression ever feels forced, and each lick is tasteful in the context of the song. Eolune uses synths to create ambiance within a song instead of using them for melodies. The guitar tone varies throughout to fit each song, and the production of the EP sounds professional (consider that Eolune is unsigned). Cory Wade’s guitar lines in “Billboard” and “Naked in Poems” are busy, but they never cause audio-clutter. Wade’s vocal delivery is unique – airy, but with more attack and style than others in their genre (I’m looking at you, guy from Mew). “Glass Flowers for the Grave Machines” boasts outstanding songwriting ability between Wade and David Hunt, who handle bass and electronic arrangements, with its heavy synth swagger. Jonathan Schmidt (of Morningwood) provided drums on the EP, and proves that his playing is far more serious than say, his band’s name.
Eolune excel at crafting mood within melody. Wade uses a wider palette of chords than most of his contemporaries, and uses them to convey the feel or meaning behind a song even if one were to ignore the lyrics outright. That may be what some listeners choose to do, because unfortunately, Eolune doesn’t excel much at lyricism. Most of the lyrics on Canvas are decent, but forgettable. The lyrics behind “Billboard” are laughable (“It doesn’t feel like the climax… no grand effects/ It doesn’t read like a monologue, it’s much more complex”), like the song was some sort of misguided attempt at charting on the Top 40. Meanwhile, “Naked in Poems” feels entirely more honest (“Lost boys who watch the sky and wait/ but Peter Pan is not on his way”) and plays like a true “best-song-on-the-record” and would make a good introduction to Eolune.
Whether or not you like Eolune’s Canvas EP is mostly dependent on how much lyrics mean to you in music. Wordophiles will be less appreciative of Eolune, but they should still download Canvas for “Naked in Poems” and then go back to listening to The Airborne Toxic Event. Everyone else ought to download it (or donate, if you really like them), because Eolune’s Canvas features a sound so unique and developed, it raises the bar for how far a DIY band can go.
Free download of Canvas: http://eolune.bandcamp.com/album/canvas-ep