Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be shining our gaze onto The Links, a rising outfit hailing from Lafayette, LA. I’ve previously delved into the outfit, reviewing their ‘Shopping Cow Funk’ EP earlier this year. I was incredibly complimentary of their sound, and deemed the act one of the more promising acts of the year. That was March, and now in November, the group has released ‘60’s Song,’ a new single with a B-side. Let’s check it out.
With ‘60’s Song,’ The Links have maintained the sound that made them quickly lovable on ‘Shopping Cow Funk.’ The sound is more withdrawn, though, perhaps even a bit more organized and reserved. Thus, it isn’t as rowdy or experimental. ‘60’s Song’ is a fantastic alternative rock song that muses with pop and indie influences. Jordan Marola, the lead vocalist, still embodies a Modest Mouse-esque persona, one that melds perfectly with the instrumentation.
The track is actually decently catchy as well, though the true prowess of the track lies in the composition. The sonic landscape behind the vocals is more subtle and subdued than The Links’ previous efforts, but it is no less complex. Bluesy acoustic guitar, cascading electric riffs, and tight percussion manifest themselves into a compelling statement of independent musicianship. There is still a low-fi element to the music as well, though it is produced sharply. It just feels loose and organic.
‘Omnivorance’ is the B-side, a surprisingly atmospheric excursion through bleeding, soft vocals and borderline electronic influence. In some ways, this soft jam is even stronger than its predecessor. It makes a bold argument for The Links’ ability to break out of the garage rock-esque style of their recordings and create a tighter, seemingly more planned effort. ‘Omnivorance’ seems to lack direction, never fully eclipsing into something special. It walks an intriguing line, though, and the other side of that line may be an entirely new sound for The Links that is drastically different than both ‘60’s Song’ and the EP before it.