Incredible Shrinking Boy took some notes from the Nirvana song-book, especially evident in the first song of their Timebomb EP, “Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll”. Alternative styled power chords and charging guitars provide the melodic backdrop for Paul’s unique voice. It prides me to listen to bands and singers that may lack in classical, “beautiful” tone – but more than make up for it in the feeling and tenacity in their lyrics and the recorded performance. This is an interesting EP instrumentally – the mixture of electronic pads and rhythmic beds with acoustic guitars and lightly effected vocals come together nicely and pulls it away from any Postal Service comparisons. The highlight of the EP is “Incapable of Love” – it has enough delay on the lead guitar to make it a ballad that pulls on the heart strings in that U2/Death Cab for Cutie kind of way and its anthemic chorus is a forlorn teens dream come true. “Made of Steel” has a sneaking synth popping in and out of it, giving the song – although this is also indicative of the entire EP – a cinematic quality – full of depth and density. It’s been said that a good song equals the sum of words and melody. A great song is the sum of those parts added with emotion. It is the emotive quality of The Incredible Shrinking Boy’s music that pushes it over the edge. Check them out at www.incredibleshrinkingboy.com.
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