Still Life Still Pastel

Still Life Still Pastel
There's currently a great deal of buzz around East York kids Still Life Still, despite the lack of recorded material to showcase the reasons that people like Dinosaur Bones are raving about them. This EP is long overdue and although it needs better production it's more than enough to excite the fans they've garnered from their live shows. A plethora of influences show themselves here: the vocals on "80s on TV" are reminiscent of Conor Oberst from the Digital Ash album, while "Aid" begins with the kind of random noises Toronto indie bands are so fond of right now. If there's anything lacking in the music it's that they haven't defined their sound to the extent necessary for the big bucks to come rolling in. A clear-cut band personality and a clarification of genre will have the bigger record companies knocking on the door and give the band the exposure they need to spread their word beyond the GTA. I've no doubt they'll ensnare some new fans at their Edgefest and NXNE shows this summer, and if they keep up the touring and maturing these guys will eventually find themselves somewhere good. (Arts & Crafts)