Stable – “If Only You Could See Me Now”
Austrian Indie/Rock band Stable is ready to impress with their latest EP “If Only You Could See Me Now.” A talented group of musicians, the songs are full of emotion and some good old fashioned hard rock. With a 90’s Rock throwback vibe weaving in and out throughout the album, it makes you feel nostalgic and yearn for the days when Rock was really Rock, and not some emo hybrid.
One cool thing about the EP is that it begins and ends with very similar sounding tracks– “Anchorage” as track #1 and “Helsinki” as the final song. Both are melancholy piano instrumental tracks– no vocals whatsoever. The pianist is very talented, and the sound soothing on both songs. It does damper the spirits somewhat though, with such a sad feeling to both of them. A more upbeat track is “Lost in a Motion.” The instrumentation is on point here, and the lead singer does have a good voice for this style of music. It must be mentioned though that he goes off-key from time to time, which is something that needs to be watched. The song has an eerie feel to it, with lofty soaring instrumentation. “Strobes” is another song that sticks out, with heavy percussion and a very dark feel to it. The vocals are distorted in this track, almost like being underwater. This drowns the lyrics out a little, unfortunately. It has that 90’s vibe to it that was mentioned earlier, and the thrashing guitars and drums keep your attention. The lead singer breaks into falsetto on the song “Antigravity.” The bad news is that singing in this higher key seems to bring out more of the off-key notes heard in earlier tracks. Stable’s music is almost ethereal on this song, with a dreamy and surreal feeling to it. This causes the listener to go into a trance-like state. the slower tempo acts like a lullaby, and puts you in a very mellow and relaxed state. This does get a tad tedious after awhile though. Another slower song on the EP is “Speak to Me.” It showcases some pretty good guitar playing, and the vocals are decent. This song continues the melancholy theme of many of the previous tracks. Some more uptempo songs would be good to add in to the mix– many of the songs on the album sound very similar, with somber vibes being the repeated theme throughout.
Final analysis: Stable is a band with talented musicians who know how to create good Rock songs. But the vocals need to be worked on a little more, and more uptempo songs would break the monotony of the sad feeling felt in most of the songs on the EP. With some of these improvements, Stable would be ready to take the Rock world by storm!
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