The EP itself sits in a room of melancholy atmosphere with the vocals often seeming to oppose the generally up-beat alt rock sound that encapsulates a large portion of the EP, which brings a level of dynamism that truly makes ‘In Spite Of It All’ rather unique.
‘Translucent’, ‘Cutting Strings’ and ‘Friend Of Mine’ all feature this juxtaposition but with the added spice of hooks, big choruses and in terms of the two latter; an even bigger climax. While in all honesty the three tracks don’t do a whole lot to differentiate themselves from each other, at the same time nor do they feel like a chore or even slightly repetitive, more like a stamp of quality and ability.
Both ‘Clarity’ and ‘Limb From Limb’ are where the EP diverts from its alt rock stance and offers something diverse, but no less interesting. With the former being a more aggressive track with plenty of bite and poignancy and ‘Limb From Limb’ being a more delicate, sombre affair which sits just shy of 2 minutes long but fills every second with heaps of emotion.
Are Landmarks the finished article? Not quite. Do they need to be the finished article at this point? Absolutely not. ‘In Spite Of It All’ comes across as a talented band making a good, solid EP. The quartet are continuing to grow and are a band that if not on everyone’s radar right now could very well be in the near future.
Review by Kristian Pugh