Most striking about the music of Cai.ro perhaps is how they incorporate so many elements into what they do, however it remains minimalist sounding. because of this, a dream-like state filled with extraordinary imagery is maintained throughout their aptly titled debut EP, Young Love.
The above statement could not ring truer for the EP’s first track, “Selfish”, a Young Galaxy-esque tune that is most definitely head-bob-inducing. Not the “this is a groovin’ tune” head bob, but the “I don’t care who’s looking because this is magical” head bob and maybe even accompanied interpretive dance.The high-pitched keys work in flawless harmony with lead vocalist Nate Daniels and his bandmates.
“All These Colours” is anthemic at very least, and makes the fact that this is a debut really hard to believe. Cai.ro clearly have their voice, there is no doubt about that. The angsty-teenager bitter undertone with the joyous instrumentation, especially the piano interlude about two thirds through, makes for a very powerful and magnificent track.
The aforementioned maturity of this Toronto almond-loving band is never more evident than in “Addict” which addresses the subject of getting over something by leaving it behind. First of all, the musical composition could stand on its own as brilliant, never even mind the lyrics that drip with so much brutal honesty that it’s painful to listen to: “My love for you is eating me from the inside out”. “Addict” not only shows the horrible heart-wrenching side of love, but the sad beauty of it all.
“Vampyre” is another well-crafted tune about self-conquering. It begins rather unassumingly, but as it goes on creates an ever-strengthening feeling of a downwards spiral into chaos.
When listening to “Golden Cup”, it’s quite difficult not to create an alternate reality. The versatile and soul-filled voice of Nate Daniels is so persuading, seductive almost, dragging the listener in, whether with their will or against it. The driving beats and intense rhythms really create a sense of fleeing some unknown predator. This song will stay with you and keep you coming back for more.
It seems ironic to end an album with a song entitled “Halfway There”, but in this case it works. the stripped down piano-voice duet takes the urgency of the last song down to a level more manageable for the heart. The simplicity of it is undeniable, but it’s really the only way to end an EP of wonderful musical construction and glorious vocal harmonies.
Mentioned earlier was the fact that Young Love is quite a suitable titled for this six-song work. The truth is, could there be a better collection of songs to represent the inner, outer and pretty much everywhere turmoil that young love tends to be? I really don’t think so. Young love is beautiful. Young love begs attention. Young love is full of passion. Young love is fearless. So is Cai.ro.
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