Owen / Into It. Over It.
Release Date: August 21, 2015
Chicago based artists Owen and Into It. Over It. released a split EP on August 21, 2015. The four track EP features one original song from each artist and two where they cover each other's songs.
The first thing that jumps out from the EP is the lyrics. Owen in particular paints a picture in the listener's mind that is very direct and almost sinister. The specific imagery of a guy sitting alone at a bar while closing time draws near trying desperately to find someone to go home with is so bleak it is almost certain to give rise to a reaction in any listener. "What doesn't kill me makes me wanna die" is the kind of lyric that brings back the age old question Rob Gordon wondered in High Fidelity- did I listen to pop music because I was miserable, or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?
Owen's musical sound matches that of their lyrics. It is dark and gloomy with plenty of acoustic tones. This is definitely the type of music better enjoyed accompanied by alcohol and a dispirited mood. There are hooks and subtleties throughout the song, but the emotional atmosphere of the music is what keeps the listener engaged. After all, it isn't very often that an artist gets to truly indulge in an addictive type of sadness that can be easy to fall prey to but uneasy to empathize with.
"Poison Arrows" starts off with acoustic guitar and vocals before settling into a straightforward rock groove that packs a punch when it kicks in. The length of the songs are just perfect, as Owen's Mike Kinsella likes to get the song rolling, say what he has to say, and end the piece before over staying his welcome.
Into It.Over It. help curb the melancholy with songs that are slightly more uptempo, both lyrically and musically. Their brand new song "Local Language" is catchy and upbeat, with an acoustic guitar strumming the rhythm while the snare drum emphatically punches through the mix to hold down the beat. The vocal melodies are delivered by Evan Weiss in a natural and organic tone and will easily get stuck in the listener's head. The EP closes with Owen's cover of Into It. Over It.'s "Anchor", which is a nice departure from the rest of the EP as the tempo picks up. The style of this track is more pop punk than the rest of the EP, which falls somewhere between indie and folk rock.
Both Owen and Into It. Over It. have a vast amount of experience in the music industry and they continue to build on that foundation. That experience translates into an intangible maturity displayed in these recordings. Fans of these bands will most definitely be delighted to hear this short EP.
Reviewed by: James 1340