The Away Days – THIS // EP Review

away daysSelf Released – January 21st

Istanbul indie outfit The Away Days had a pivotal 2014 which saw them picking up acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic for their key tracks ‘Your Colour’ and ‘Paris’. Hoping to start 2015 which much the same momentum, they’ve just put out THIS. It’s marketed as an EP, but it’s a little closer in length and scope to a double A-side single.

Opener ‘Best Rebellious’ is a stormy number recorded entirely by frontman Oguz Can Ozen, the bass parts faintly echo Kevin Parker’s loose approach on projects like Tame Impala and Melody’s Echo Chamber, meanwhile the guitars recall Bloc Party’s more shoegaze moments on Silent Alarm. That said it’s not easy to compare The Away Days to other bands on this record, their references are pretty well hidden.

‘Calm Your Eyes’ is offered in two variants, one is an electric performance and the other is acoustic. It’s the latter that serves as the EP’s curveball, showcasing previously unexplored textures for the band, including slide guitar. It’s stripped back and hushed, and atmospherically reveals a band whose Turkish roots haven’t left them – if played carefully, this is their strength. For The Away Days the road is still a long one, it’ll require more spit and polish, but fans can tide themselves over with THIS till the band plan their next move.

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Listen: The Away Days – This