Emanuel and The Fear is an 11-piece band featuring the common staples of most bands but also, other wonderful instruments such as violins, cellos and horns. Emanuel’s members have worked with the likes of Sufjan Stevens, The National and Akron/Family and with such a great pedigree within the ranks you sort of expect greatness before even hitting play – thankfully, they don’t disappoint.

Opener, ‘Over and Over’ begins with a homely drum pattern and calm violins dictating its direction, before the rest of the group jump in with a pleasing harmonica and a huggable bassline. The musicianship continues with a middle section creating a fusion of rock and chopping orchestration; building into a roar as Emanuel discusses war and oil, digressing "since when has a politicians word meant a thing."

"Why does everything always have to be about vampires" asks an inquisitive Emanuel on ‘Vampires’ as the groups rock influences appear again – albeit delicately – with a simple, driving chord as violins shout out with a circus like melody when accompanied by some delightful horns; before ending with a lovely mess as every instrument shrieks, vying for your attention.

Hands’ pièce de résistance, ‘Purple Sunless Sky’ sees Emanuel alone sweetly singing his intimate poetry, almost like he’s hopped into a phone box off a quiet street to speak to you directly. Faint cars in the distance can be heard until the sounds of a much more detailed landscape emerges, a true representation perhaps of what he’s trying to shake off as urgency, angst and sadness are all insinuated here.

‘Meadowlands’, meanwhile is one of soft acoustics and a hugely inspiring violin section cushioned by a gentle cello. The way in which Emanuel delivers his vocals, shows a Conor Oberst influence adding to the wonderful amount of textures found with so little instruments being used. Forcing listeners to close their eyes and allow themselves to get lost within it all like the softest, grandest goose down duvet. ‘Song For The Rain’ ends the EP with the same beautiful textures, melodies and musicianship as it began. Joyous celebration takes over as the whole troupe joins in on vocal duties, fading out to a whole lot of hollering as a nod to the group’s participation and dedication in creating this wonderful EP.

Hands is an EP which demonstrates musicianship at its best. A wonderful mixture of influences, added to its melodies and textures all add together to create a true good feeling within your heart. Fans of Ben Folds and Nils Lofgren especially should like and admire this record but it has the accessibility for just about anyone to jump in and enjoy – excuse the pun - over and over again.