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Evenflow: Old Town (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland

Okay, let’s be honest – it doesn’t take a great deal to confuse me (it’s an age thing). This release is being promoted as an album, yet it is only 20 minutes long containing 5 songs, and it clearly says ‘EP’ on the artwork. Also, it is apparently by Evenflow, but it appears as Even Flow on the cover, so which one is it? And that’s before I get into the actual music… The band is a new collaboration between Stuart Stephens (Whitewater, all instruments, vocals) and Mike Kershaw (vocals). The project came to life when Mike worked with Stuart on last year’s Whitewater album, ‘Universal Medium’, and they discovered that they enjoyed working together as songwriters.

For me the best part of this album is the sound of the gently picked guitar, and the Floydian title song which stands out dramatically against the rest. It’s no coincidence that this song, which appears halfway through the EP, is the first without a drum machine, and the first duet. The difference between this and what had gone before is stark, which means that I find myself strangely at odds with myself, as although this is probably the first BEM release I haven’t raved about, there is something here that is actually worth persevering with. Certainly, the fourth number, “That’s What You Do”, is quite different and full of promise in a Seventies rock singer song writer style. All I can say is go to the label Bandcamp site and give it a try.

Rating: 6/10

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Track list:
1. Creation
2. Fracture
3. Old Town
4. That’s What You Do
5. Thorn

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Links:
https://www.facebook.com/EvenFlow-541814282827345/
https://www.facebook.com/BadElephantMusic/

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