Matt Rouch & the Noise Upstairs have recently released their latest Alt Country Folk EP ‘Half-Expected Heartbreak’; for such a jaded EP title, it’s surprisingly upbeat. The jangly rhythmic progression to the tracks lead you through rapturously hyped melodies and experimental instrumental arrangements. The Denver based Folk collective pour soul, passion and synergetic talent into the mix to make their soundscapes viscerally enveloping. Their Americana roots come gleaming through in tracks such as Bullets, yet my personal favourite may just be already yours which is a little down-tempo in comparison to the rest of the EP. The narrative lyrics paint a poignant picture around the acoustic instruments that fuse together so tightly, it’s almost impossible to deconstruct the sound. Yet it was the violin which captivated me the most which was playfully weaved around the soft drum rolls and relentlessly popping guitar riffs.
Any fans of Iron and Wine, The Decemberists, Noah and the Whale and Mumford and Sons are sure to adore the aural alchemy on offer from the 4-piece Alt-folk group.
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Review by Amelia Vandergast