Can you throw different bits of music together, masquerade them as "genres", and still come out with something worth listening to? Among Brothers attempt to answer this question with their debut EP, Homes.

Homes begins very promisingly with a two minute introductory track entitled 'Montgolfier'. A single, continual electronic beat is used as a base to then layer waves of emphatic percussion and chanting, which then climaxes to a tsunami of intertwined piano and violins that slowly fade into a sorrowful afterglow. Instantly engaging, 'Montgolfier' almost acts as a show track in justifying the fact Among Brothers are a six piece. Drawing from several styles of sound, the band have managed to centre these musical energies in 'Montgolfier' and come out with something truly passionate. However, and sadly, 'Montgolfier' only teases the listener with such emotive music and ends before it really has begun.

Moving through to 'My Head is a Vessel', the listener really does become unnecessarily deflated. Slow, dreary and full of jangly piano and xylophone keys, 'My Head is a Vessel' sounds like a track Owl City would pen if he were ever on an epic come down. What adds to the disappointment is the surging energy that the opening track began with, and instead of this eclectic power being harnessed it is left to wander into nothingness. 'Sam, Isaiah and the Wolf', featured in Radio 1's Bethan Elfyn's favourite tracks of 2010, redeems the band somewhat by reviving their eclectic musical nature through a skilful orchestration of synths and violins, which turn what could be a rather "emo" track into something with real substance. 'Bare Teeth' follows very much down a similar vein, with elongated whirs of the strings matching driving percussion that allows the listener into a period of pathos while not entirely making them want to cut their wrists.

Before approaching the final track, it's important to understand what the listener is actually being presented with. A fledgling band putting out their first EP is never going to be a well polished and flawless product, and of course one is to expect a great level of musical confusion that will one day come to rest, in the same way freshly erupted lava slowly cools and solidifies into a definite object. And it is this confusion that Among Brothers can hold a great deal of hope about their musical future. The opening track 'Montgolfier' provided great promise and musical diversity, and in many ways the closing track 'Great Famine Family' does very much the same. Almost three times as long, 'Great Famine Family' demonstrates how Among Brothers can truly utilise the strength of being a six piece. This is so as in 'Great Famine Family' gone are the long periods of whiney solo vocals to be replaced with harmonious choral vocals which are emphasized by fantastically layered guitars, violins, percussion and pianos that manage to manipulate the listener's emotions instead of simply washing over them.

In many ways this record is a haphazard collection of sounds created by various instruments, but in equal measure it is a beautifully styled and thoroughly emotive EP. With persistence this record is a very rewarding listening experience, and a promising start by this Cardiff six piece who have very much just erupted.

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