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EP Review: JEKYLL ” The Whispering Gallery “

The 4-person alternative rock band JEKYLL released their second EP The Whispering Gallery on Friday, March 13th, 2020. On a day of superstitions and “bad luck”, we end up being lucky enough to have had this gem drop!

The album has 5 total tracks:

1. The Escapist

2. I Do What I Can

3. Marionette

4. Echoes-Uncut

5. Midnight Swim

Two of these songs, “I Do What I Can” and “The Escapist” were already released as singles back in January and February to start preparing us for the full EP drop.

The band was set to play at this year’s SXSW20 music festival in Austin, TX. However, we all know that the fest was canceled due to the current outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). But maybe we all might get lucky (again) and JEKYLL will follow in the tracks of many other artists who are doing live streaming concerts in the safety and comforts of their own homes via Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, etc. I hear they will be having a little gig happening in their hometown of Blackpool, England on April 30th at Blackpool Waterloo Music Bar.

But in the meantime, we can all indulge in this new EP with its higher energy, hyper melodies, smooth lyrics (props to you, Joel) and that feeling of alternative rock instrumental and lyrics. All 5 songs have their own flares and styles but still, all come together as a whole. With the catchy rhythms, smooth melodies and that continuous sometimes low-key rock vibe, this EP will have you tapping your foot and bobbing your head along with every track.

My favorite track would have to be “Midnight Swim”. I am a sucker for a nice, slow song with piano. This song differs from the others on the album but like I said, each song has its own vibe and style but they all still connect. This song is like low-key beautiful. The lyrics are sung beautifully, the piano is subtle but strong and the whole thing is just smooth and flowy. I know I have been saying smooth a lot but these dudes just made a smooth ass EP—like every song is like silk in your ears. I highly recommend giving it a listen.

So, if you are looking for something new to do during your self-isolation and social distancing, give a listen to JEKYLL’s new EP The Whispering Gallery out now! You won’t be sorry.

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