I consider myself very fortunate. I live in a beautiful place, I have a great family and in the local music community I am surrounded by some incredibly talented people. The four members of Paloma are certainly counted on the forefront of this group, and individually, as well as collectively, can be considered pillars of the Pensacola music scene. Last week, the band released “EP Dos,” the follow-up to 2011’s “EP Uno.” The five song short player lasts just over 22 minutes and has no shortage of dynamics. From the opening ring of “The Astrud Song” to the closing hum of “Better In Your Arms,” Paloma engage the listener with crisp, catchy guitar hooks, tastefully spot-on drumming, and smooth, dulcifying vocals. I’ve listened to the EP several times over the past few days, and what comes to mind on every listen is beach imagery, specifically waves ebbing and flowing. That is how the songs move between one another, each complimenting the other. I strongly recommend listening with headphones, to really pick up on every lush layer of guitar melody and vocal harmony, as well as the warmth of every bass line. The band enjoys making every recording venture into a collaboration of different talents, and “EP Dos” is no exception. At the helm was Chris Staples, handling all of the tracking and mixing, while the cover art is a photo taken by Adam Moon with design by Richard Humphreys from Dog On Fire. This group of artists coming together just reinforces the fact that Pensacola is brimming with talent and collaboration can push us all forward. “EP Dos” is out now, head over to Paloma’s Bandcamp page to get it and don’t miss these guys with Transmute and Dinosaur Daze at Vinyl Music Hall on April 26.
PALOMA – ‘EP DOS’
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘Mosquito’
In my opinion—which is what you’re really reading this for—the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have always been underrated. Most of us know the song “Maps” and we are all probably familiar with “Zero” and “Gold Lion.” You might have even downloaded “Dull Life” for Guitar Hero 5. There’s no arguing that the three-piece are out there and people are aware of their existence, but I feel like they deserve more. This is a band that does exactly what it wants and usually comes out on top with a product that’s relevant and—mostly—easy to digest. “Mosquito,” the band’s fourth full length and first since 2009’s “It’s Blitz,” is no exception. As with most other Yeah Yeah Yeahs albums, “Mosquito” runs the gamut of moods, bouncing between slow burners, glammed-out jaunts and introspective stunners. I use the term “stunner,” because something about this album caught me off guard. Over a few spins, it becomes painfully evident that this isn’t the same Yeah Yeah Yeahs who put out “Fever To Tell” 10 years ago this month, or even the same Yeah Yeah Yeahs who put out their last full length four years ago. This Yeah Yeah Yeahs is grown up, can be comfortable in slacks or jeans, isn’t afraid to be exactly who it is, and is proud of the time it took to get to this point. This fact isn’t more prevalent anywhere on the album than on the closer “Wedding Song.” Peaceful, tranquil and confident, “Wedding Song” is the perfect punctuation mark on this sentence about change and how good it can be to accept and move on. “Mosquito” is out now via Interscope Records, and catch them next month at Hangout Music Fest.