If Everything is Temporary were an outdoor adventure, ‘Build a Fire’ would be the walk up the mountain.
David Reid takes you hand-in-hand as rhythm and percussion lift you step by step, vocally reassuring you as you go deeper into the forest, up the mountain trail.
The song continues to wind through each layer of musically constructed passage ways, with all the delicacy of a string arrangement, building to a crescendo for the final push.
Finally, the track rounds off nicely, bringing home a warm familiar atmosphere using elements from the start of the song.
‘This is a Battlefield’ kicks in with an underlying strength in rhythm and begins to construct a layered platform, for a unified relationship between instruments.
As the electric guitar rises with a harmonious lick subtly reinforcing what has gone before, it uplifts you creating an almost autumnal feel.
This song shows a maturing sound from The Boy with The Lion Head, beyond the more stripped back stylings of their previous release, 2015’s The Ebb and Flow.
Everything is Temporary is to autumn, as The Ebb and Flow is to winter.
‘All The Colours of The Rainbow’ breezes in, tonally very different, with light contrasting dark; the painting has begun.
This song progresses into a more off-tempo percussive line than previously heard on this EP, contrasting well with the relaxed, almost colloquial vocal line.
Where other examples from TBWTLH have shown strength through unity, this song purposefully sets each instrument apart, giving each a chance to shine.
Just when you think it’s coming to a triumphant head, through an instrumental break, the guitar wailing, saturating the sound, filling the night air like breath on a cold night, suddenly the music stops.
The track leaves your mouth dry, anticipating what’s to come (much like the band themselves).
‘Walk Down The River with Me’ is more playful, even delightful in parts, far less jarring than the previous track, an almost delicate bassline injects some fun into the listeners experience and encourages you to push on through this journey.
However, it is not without its dangers, the lyrics here have an undertone, on the surface they express a feeling of youthful exuberance through a playful hook, this is met with a more mature hint of caution (“for once in my life I am afraid to die”).
From what at first appeared a fearless tale, now you begin to wonder what vocalist David Reid is scared to lose.
Perhaps this even mirrors the bands own progression into more complex and delicate instrumentalism than they have tackled before and the trepidation that can bring.
‘Blue Blazer’ has a far more emotive tone, it suggests the journey is coming to an end, the seasons have passed, it’s a farewell picnic, the last supper.
Promising to keep you warm and keep you safe, but still saying goodbye.
The outpouring of strong emotion is clear in the vocals and the lyrics and as the song breaks into a light piano and guitar medley.
As these instruments dance around, splashing through a cacophony of crashing cymbals and steady drum, the guitars caress with the piano struggling free, and as the song ends the piano reaches back for the final word; the last kiss.
Words: Graham Skillin