Little Comets – The Sanguine EP

SanguineLittle Comets are fans of nice words. You might already know, but if you didn’t; the dictionary definition of “sanguine”, for instance, is to be “optimistic, hopeful, or confident”, or blood red. Ooh. Last in a trilogy of EPs to be released in anticipation of their third album, which is lined up for next year, The Sanguine EP is a compelling mixture of sweet moments in line with the former sense of the word, daring ones as suggested by the latter and a tangible poignancy which contrasts with both definitions completely.

Their latest release is personal and broaches on large scale problems too, using social issues and individual experiences rarely touched upon in the mainstream as fodder for subject matter. From gender inequality to outdated morals and assisted suicide, Little Comets veer away from the tendency to stay within the safe zone of writing songs about love, lust and heartbreak in their usual fashion.

Opening track, “Ex Cathedra”, for instance, throws together the gentle moment of a father holding his baby in his arms for the first time with anger at society that comes with protectiveness. Passionate and opinionated, the song out rightly rejects the extent of papal influence in the modern day, impressing the importance of gender equality with trademark un-ambiguity to the tune of an acoustic guitar core and impressive vocal range. “Eat your hate and burn your deceit,” sings vocalist Robert Coles, referencing, and opposing, the church’s disapproving of homosexuality and female priests, for instance.

Later, “The Assisted” tackles the issues of depression - an even lesser-discussed subject - and is openly in favour of assisted suicide. Described as being “written from the point of view of a person at breaking point,” the track’s simplicity and maturity are universally affecting. It opens up for reflection topics rarely discussed outside the news.

The first and final tracks in The Sanguine EP are statement-making and hard to swallow. Meanwhile, the two sandwiched between them are somewhat less complex but eloquent, and consequently affecting in a different way. Little Comets are sometimes dark, but they hold onto a certain charm which keeps them endearing. This charm reveals itself most blatantly in “Cover Your Rain”, which is sunny and optimistic - sanguine, in fact, in its simplicity. It strips emotions back to the bare bones, combining cheerful strings with a slight celebratory tone. With its high notes and harmonies, “Creeping up Appearances” is equally subtle in its uplifting nature.

Release: 3rd November 2014, Self-release

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