Queensland six piece, Mosman Alder, have released their debut EP, Burn Bright, just shy of the two year anniversary of the bands first show. The band, springing from obscurity in late 2010, has so far shared the stage with the likes of Kimbra and Hungry Kids of Hungry, amassing a loyal following with fans eagerly acting this debut release.
The EP boasts five tracks, all perfectly suited for a winter release, with a slightly dark and melancholy tilt. Kicking off with the moody, yet oddly charming "Jasmine", the EP flows readily from track to track with a distinctly morose and moody atmosphere akin to The National.
With a few pop sensibilities thrown in, the EP, combines the traditional drum, bass and guitar rock staples with cellos, flutes and some trumpets thrown into the mix.
Stand out tracks include "Jasmine" and "Raisin Heart", showcasing frontman, Valdis Valodze's distinctive and haunting vocals.
Having not see the band live, it's hard to imagine how successfully these tracks translate on stage, but for a cold, rainy winters night, when socialising isn't particularly appealing, this is the perfect EP to hide away from the world with.
Review Score: 6.5 out of 10.