Sound — 8
Being formed by five friends from the town of Turlock, California, Evaline present us their sophomore aimed to get your love and devotion -- EP Postpartum Modesty. A Portrait of Skin. Being recorded in Salt Lake City in the collaboration with Quinn Allman (guitarist/producer of The Used), this six-song CD currently takes it's test-drive around the world while the band is in the intensive touring with Vans Warped Tour. The CD starts growing on you as it gently starts with keyboards in La De Da, bursting out with a blast of energy after the first minute of the track. It's the fusion of different instruments and sounds that involves you into the journey of Postpartum Modesty. A Portrait of Skin. Everything is so multi-layered, you get lost in the emphatic moods of the music. All instruments are mashed into one wall of sound and it's often hard to differentiate one particular line. Lower drums and especially toms together with ethnic back vocals fill the music with some kind of mystic feel. There are some interesting effects that diverse music and fills it with originality. They are almost unnoticeable from the first listen, which leaves you something to discover when you get familiar with the songs. Keyboards and violas (by frontman Richard Perry) add a lot of variety as well as he actually plays more than just chords to follow bass guitar. Guitars create the backbone and work more closely with other instruments, than solo. Edges of aggression and melodiousness define Evaline's style -- marching rhythms combined with tender singing and an obvious influence of Placebo. Where The Fearless Hide apparently reminds you of Keane. It starts with a heart beat and has powerful guitar chords in darker harmonies. Postpartum Modesty reaches the furious peak of the record, which paints the storm at sea in your mind being in it's most ferocious punk-rock. The volume jumps from really loud high points to fading away with only vocals and one of the instruments to accompany. The first single Calm Touching is full of these overstuffed choruses and unexpected breaks that create chaotic mood.
Lyrics — 8
As their press-release tells us, Evaline has a message ...different from the pocket wisdom that so many of us hear over and over. Lyrics are interesting to listen to, pretty witty for an average emo-rock band. Perry carefully crafts his singing -- even though the music goes under emo genre, the vocals are pretty far from moaning and whining. They are eccentric, following the music accurately -- from very gentle and soft to desperate agony. The band adds a good portion of experimentation to the music, which is a huge bonus -- like unusual back vocals in La De Da and A Protest In Lines Too Thin To Read.
Overall Impression — 8
Being quite honest I should say Evaline deserve more than lower level slot on Warped Tour and their Postpartum Modesty. A Portrait of Skin deserves more than modest review marks. Postpartum Modesty. A Portrait of Skin has a surprisingly good quality and sound for the EP. Being not afraid to experiment, the band combines unpredictable song structures with tempo changes. Part of the EP success belongs to production -- the CD sounds solid despite it's multidimensional nature. All tracks on the EP are enjoyable, though differ one from another slightly. Seems like the band has found it's own formula of a perfect song and follow it every time. Not to say it's bad -- it's amazingly awesome for a new band like Evaline, but I would hope for a bit of variety next time. The EP gets what it's aimed to get -- it grabs your attention and makes you wish for more. Hope the full-length CD is yet to come!