â€œThere will be a time when Iâ€™ll be back one dayâ€, a line from the opening track to â€œGood Thingsâ€, seems odd considering that soon after the album was released, Soundtracks was found dead in his apartment. Epicâ€™s rich vocals look to be a mixture of Billy Bragg and Roger Daltrey; even if the album was slated to be released in 1997, Epicâ€™s style of Spartanly-created music (doing much of the instrumentation on â€œGood Thingsâ€ either eirself or with The Chamber Stringsâ€™ Kevin Junior) really donâ€™t seem the worse for wear nearly a decade after they were created. The plodding nature of most the tracks on â€œGood Thingsâ€ seem to be the perfect rendition of the banality of life; Epicâ€™s tracks (specifically in â€œCâ€™Mon Daddyâ€) really seem to be couched in real-life experience. The instrumentation that litters the tracks on â€œGood Thingâ€ is another cause of celebration; in the aforementioned â€œCâ€™Mon Daddyâ€ the inclusion of a very instrumental style of double-harmony really puts the track into a realm all its own.
The ability of Epic to create tracks like the sub-minute instrumental track â€œBlack Holeâ€, which has a very Wendy Carlos type of feel to it and make it work within the greater context of the album is an amazing feat. Bringing a Shawn Lennon meets Radiohead type of style for â€œDedicationâ€, Epic Soundtracks unintentionally makes an archaeological gem with this track, which would have originally released the same time as much of this same style of music. By releasing the album in 2005, one is given a very clear idea of what the general feeling was in 1997 and thus gain a minor viewpoint into Epicâ€™s mind. â€œMaybe Youâ€™re Rightâ€ is a bold affront to the typical line of thought that the later relams of discs are necessarily weaker than their forebears; the longing-yet-happy style of vocals on the track are accentuated by a smoky, dreamy atmosphere. â€œGood Thingsâ€ has a very coherent move to create an â€œelusive soundâ€, to quote Epic, and this skirts only slightly monotony in the sense that â€œGood Things Come To Those Who Waitâ€ sounds a lot like â€œMaybe Youâ€™re Rightâ€. The entire album has a good sound even if some of the later tracks have the tendency to blur into one another. There is no doubt that this album will be as influential in 2005 as if it would have been released in 1997, and one can only expect another generation of indie rockers to be weaned by Epic.
Top Tracks: Câ€™Mon Daddy, Maybe Youâ€™re Right.
Epic Soundtracks â€“ Good Things / 2005 DBK / 14 Tracks / http://www.epicsoundtracks.com / Reviewed 29 April 2005