Copeland has come up with â€œIn Motionâ€, a disc that uses tracks like â€œNo One Really Winsâ€ to mix the current â€œemoâ€ sound with both indie and power-pop like Weezer. The nuanced strings and dreamy feel of a track like â€œChoose The One Who Loves You Moreâ€ really allow for lead vocalist Aaron to strut a very cultured style to eir vocals. What is probably the biggest difference between â€œIn Motionâ€ and â€œBeneath Medicine Treeâ€ has to be Copelandâ€™s move to more of a dance-influenced sound (in the vein of Fischerspooner or The Postal Service) in the interim. Tracks like â€œSleepâ€ really show this move more than any track on the disc; hints of the New Radicals come through just like the hint of a Beatles influence come through on the falsetto tone-led â€œKiteâ€. This track has an older sound to it that really is reminiscent of Devendra Banhart and eirâ€™s brand of retro-Americana sound, but the overall effect works better for Copeland than it could ever for Banhart. The only thing that stops â€œKiteâ€ from being a successful track is the slow tempo that really distinguishes it. The tempo would work better if the band decided to cut the track off at the three minute mark, but at four minutes the trackâ€™s tendency is to drag. What comes through as one of the strongest tracks on â€œIn Motionâ€ has to be the nuanced yet sledgehammer-simple style; radio-friendly, Copeland is on top of their game here. This later section of â€œIn Motionâ€ comes to a head with the defining guitar work present on â€œLove Is A Fast Songâ€.
The ability for Copeland to move in and out of their intense mode from something resembling a very slow and planned-out sound shows a maturity of the band that many other acts simply do not have. This is a nice move towards a different form of â€œemoâ€ music; what results for Copeland on â€œIn Motionâ€ is a move towards the indie-emo made famous by acts like Sunny Day Real Estate and Jets to Brazil. Copeland infuses this sound with an intelligent instrumentation (especially present during the strings (lap steel guitar) on â€œYou Love To Singâ€. The cultured, mature sound of â€œIn Motionâ€ shows a dynamism to the band that is sadly not present in other bands that are stamped with the broad term that is â€œemoâ€ like Matchbook Romance and Senses Fail.
Top Tracks: You Love To Sing, Love Is A Fast Song
Copeland â€“ In Motion / 2005 The Militia Group / 10 Tracks / http://www.thecopelandsite.com / http://www.themilitiagroup.com / Reviewed 11 June 2005