Eternity Forever is what one might call an indie super group, made up of ex-Dance Gavin Dance vocalist Kurt Travis, former Chon bassist Brandon Ewing, and Strawberry Girls drummer Ben Rosett. All three of these musicians bring a distinct influence to their brand new Fantasy EP.
Listed as g-funk/neo-soul/progressive-rock, it’s hard to divorce any of these labels from the sound. Nothing about this release is simple. Ewing’s guitar playing is always bright and calculated. The licks are fast, but groovy. This is due in part to Rosett’s control behind the kit. The drum patterns on each song are constantly variating and he manages to fit complex fills into tight measures.
Travis’s performance is the make or break for this record. On one hand, Travis lays his voice across each song with an audible ease. Even his raspy belts, like the one featured during the transition on “All Alone”, come through clean as whistle. His lyrics are as dense as the music they ride over and it’s hard to find a single moment of boredom in the experience.
There are detractors though. Travis’s heavy use of reverb, delays, and harmonies can make the songs feel crowded in their most climactic moments. Three or four vocal tracks over the flurry of Ewing and Rosett can feel like competition for sound space. The compressed sound of Rosett’s snare contributes at times to the muddled mix when the listener is really looking for it to punch through.
That said, Eternity Forever’s Fantasy EP is a truly unique experience. The bass, which was co-written by Ewing and Rosett, is at times understated and at others perfect for a thickening tone. While the Fantasy EP leans heavily on its funk inspiration, the rock influence of each musician signals a fresh sensibility within the genre.