Guineafowl – Hello Anxiety
Every so often, I come across an EP that I so wish was a full-length album. Such is the case with Hello Anxiety, by Australia’s own Guineafowl. This is a debut effort that undoubtedly rivals the biggest indie acts of today.
It opens up with an immediate attention-grabbing guitar riff with a simple backing kick drum on, “In Our Circles”. And they don’t have to be loud to grab your attention. It’s more of a quiet confidence that mysteriously demands we stop what we’re doing and listen. From what I interpret, this is a song about how we all have our inner circles, where we can escape and talk about virtually anything. The energy picks up when the drums start pounding, about a minute and fifteen seconds in. Definitely a nice opener.
It’s hard for me to pinpoint a favorite out of the five songs. This is a good problem. Though it might be a tie between the first track and “My Lonely Arms”, which also has that quiet drawing-you-in beginning. The song becomes incredibly catchy after the first verse.
The six-member band managed to create a sound that reminds me of Vampire Weekend, TV on the Radio, U2, and I swear I heard some David Bowie in there. This is glo-fi electro-rock at its best. What I like is that they are fairly light with the electronic elements, as they serve mainly as rhythm and backing components of each song. There are no space-age sound fx blasting in your face. In fact, I would be bold enough to call the overall style of the final product, beautiful and graceful. Guineafowl will be competing with the best of them to be a fan favorite in America. And I’m guessing some other countries as well.