“Cold, Cold Whisky” is definitely my favorite from Sam Humans. The ethereal opening collides with crackling synth noises and whining guitars, diverging into simple yet profound lyrics that any drinker understands: “I have burned another day without spending any money. This is not counting whisky, which is not spending, but investing, in my failing mental health.” It’s another short song, but it, unlike the two songs mentioned above, feels like a complete thought.
The Heliogoats are a four piece from Bellingham, Washington, home of Death Cab For Cutie. I seem to love anything out of Bellingham. The Heliogoats are sassy and fun. Their songs are upbeat and full of fun percussion and great guitar licks. “A Word From Our Sponsor” features Chris Otepka’s lilting voice, which cracks splendidly throughout the song. I love listening to singers with distinct voices, and Otepka’s is definitely that. He also adds in cute asides throughout the song, such as a grunt or a silly word, which I loved.
“Turn Down The Offer” is much more melodic, with Otepka’s band mates joining in for nice harmonies. The Heliogoats excel at catchy, quickly delivered choruses, the kind for which you feel proud of finally being able to sing. To me, that denotes intelligence and thought from a band. I’m a fan.
“Moon See, Day See” is a meditation on nature and the moon, and relationships in general. Again, the song features smart lyrics that stuck in my head, like: “It took a sundial and a weathervane to bring it to my attention that I was connected directly to the moon.” The Heliogoats like to step lyrically around a thought, as if they are displaying their stream of consciousness for all to see.
My favorite song of all on the EP is “Boil Over” by the Heliogoats. They definitely saved the best for last. The song is jaunty, desperate and a little bit angry all at once. I love the mixture of emotions in the lyrics and music. It’s beautiful!
The Heliogoats are set to release a full length album sometime in 2011. No shows are scheduled right now, but I’ll be keeping my eye out!