By channelling their inner beliefs, Broken Fires is a band trying to find solace in dark places. Like the excellence of Scottish band Frightened Rabbit, the act knows a thing or two about melodies and lyricism that have richly detailed plot lines, layers, and layers of sweetly drawn harmonies. Poised and compelled to dream big, the band also readies themselves for the hallowed lights to shine on their talented heads.
Breaking boundaries is what this band wants to do, and on their New Friends EP they do so and more. Its quality is original, dreamy, often entrancing, which only elevates the overall beauty of a distinctive record. And it is not an EP that will set alight the world, it will not be placed into the lap of the masses, but records like this only come around occasionally, pressing down on the hearts and truthful sincerity.
It has guitars and distortion too, expert percussion, riveting lyrics conveying the darkness and the light. The instrumentals do not bite hard; they relax into a tight tempo, executed with brilliance. Clarity also spreads its wisdom, and we as listeners will hear thoroughly the craftmanship and the crisp artistry.
“Dreamer”opens the EP. It has echoes and intelligent lyrics shuddering throughout it. It is not volatile by any stretch of the imagination either; it has its loud moments, but it flows elegantly enough. “New Friends” is an acoustic gem and is majestically intelligent, drawing influence from songs of brilliance. It is slow and emphatic, detailing the highs and lows. “The Writer” is a lyrical highlight. And the guitar presence blooms wonderfully, pulling from different directions and setting the tone and melody.
Broken Fires is a talented outfit. Their music sets the scene, and sadness burrows through, but overall defiance shines too.