Hailing from Los Angeles, the trio that are Distant Cousins have already been championed by the likes of PopMatters and BuzzbandsLA, and now, with the release of their self-titled EP, they look set to, with any luck, earn themselves the attention and admiration of music fans everywhere.
“Taste Of Tomorrow” gets things off to a catchy, toe-tapping start thanks to pop-jazz instrumentation and a vocal that would work well on a show like The O.C. – it screams sun, sand and fun times. “Your Story” isn’t quite as upbeat, however with a clearer vocal performance and some great harmonies, it is equally as hard to resist swaying around to. “Everybody Feels It” ups the tempo again making it a perfect number to be blasted from speakers while getting ready for the numerous parties sure to fill listeners’ diaries in the coming weeks.
Following on from that comes “Crash My World” with a striking guitar rhythm and lyrics that are simplistic and easy to follow – it’s certainly not a bad song, but in comparison to what has gone before, it’s a little lacking. Fortunately, “Good Day” brings things back on track – I dare you to try and not clap your hands – while closer “For A Moment” brings with it a complete change of pace. It’s slow, balladesque and acoustic – a great demonstration of just how talented the trio are and how in sync they are with one another.
It’s quite rare to find a band who deliver nothing but positivity and happiness through their music, but Distant Cousins certainly do, and that in itself, sets them some distance apart from many of their contemporaries. It may just prove to be the ultimate making of them – here’s hoping – but either way, this six track collection is certainly in contention for EP release of the year.