End of Love ’s debut LP, Ghosts On The Radio, is the product of a fantastic collaboration of 15 musicians, technicians, and producers, with Skylar Gudasz on lead vocals for the majority of the album. The NYC based band seems to have put an unsurmountable amount of time, effort and talent to churn this LP into its final form. The production value is flawless, having been mixed and produced by Grammy winning Ted Young and Irwin Menken. Irwin also plays bass and vocals for End of Love.
Falling hard, the first track of the album features Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. His indistinguishable style of writing is resonant throughout the track. A hazy guitar tone and loud drums introduce the song before delving the listener into 90s rock, strewn with elements of post-punk, psychedelia and indie. The instrumental ending paint a surreal landscape, which probed me to imagine and visualize some kaleidoscopic and dreamlike shapes and colours. Trippy stuff, man. The vocals reminded me of Stevie Nicks and a bit of Blondie.
Take This Heart triggered the memory of a road trip I did last summer driving through the West Coast of America. The guitars posit a country vibe, with some bottleneck leads, and the drums complement gently the soft vibe of the song. The ambiance reminded me of Dolly Parton’s Just When I Needed You Most.
I imagine Take This Heart and Fade Away are the perfect accompaniments to long car journeys. Not busy traffic jam kind of car journeys, but long smooth rides across the country side, or even perhaps long drives back home post breakup. Fade Away has some great sing-along moments. The guitar fills are incredibly catchy, and it is quite simply a great, cheerful song. Props to whoever played the guitar solo on this one.
100 Years’s riffing, notably at the beginning of the song, reminded me of some Foo Fighters. The male and female vocal harmonies create a beautiful dynamic, dispensing driving and propulsive elements. The chorus line ‘Seems like a hundred years…’ incited nostalgic memories of Neil Young. I imagine huge crowds singing along to this one.
Who Do You see is my personal favourite and probably holds the most prevailing chorus, in my opinion. Actually reminded me a tiny bit of early Green Day, but probably only due to the male vocals.
The album progresses with more varied, well written songs. Scream Out Loud, Colour of My Eyes and Let It Go each have alluring elements of rock, pop, and post-alternative which would appeal to a large audience.
The album finishes with Beautiful which starts with a groovy bass line. The chiming guitar which later joins in and the delicate vocals give the song a psychedelic feel, poking back at the Sonic Youth influence, perhaps. When the chorus kicks in, it’s back to sing-along and catchy backing vocals. The guitar solo sits perfectly on the song.
End of Love are putting out a hell of an album, and I’d give it a listen, if I were you.
by Ronan Kemp