Label: Sotones Release date: 25/10/10 Link: Your Link Here Buy: Amazon The Great Indoors Part III is the final release in a trilogy of EPs from Southampton four-piece, Moneytree. The EP opens with ‘The Science of Gambling‘, a mid-tempo song with an infectiously catchy chorus. The chorus is chanted as opposed to sung, which slightly resembles a football chant, but in a good way. ‘The Science of Gambling’ boasts a good hook, and the repeated guitar riff and varied beats give the track potential to be stuck in your head for hours after listening. ‘Medicineland’ increases the tempo of the EP, and showcases Campbell Austin’s voice to perfection, showing no signs of the growth on his larynx that lead to him taking a year off to recover. It’s one of the more commercial-friendly tracks on the EP, bridging the gap between alt-rock and indie-rock that Moneytree are divided between. The vocals seem to calm down for ‘Seven Steps‘, with the mellowest verses so far, that build subtly into a crashing chorus. I actually really like it, the contrast between the chorus and the verses is quite lovely, definitely not what you’d expect when listening to it, but successful nonetheless. ‘The Gamble of Science‘, essentially just the ‘Science of Gambling’ sped up, features the same repetitive but undeniably catchy guitar riff throughout, layered over heavy percussion and finished off with sparsely placed shouty-vocals. It’s an incredibly addictive song, bordering on anthemic with the chorus that reminds me of Biffy Clyro’s ‘The Captain‘. Despite enjoying ‘The Science of Gambling‘, I think ‘The Gamble of Science’ is a stronger track overall. In the previous Great Indoors EP’s, Moneytree managed to enlist the help of Mumford and Sons, Mystery Jets and The Holloways, to produce some well-received collaborations. For ‘World of Autumn‘, Moneytree have chosen to feature Thomas Tantrum, The Moulettes and On Histories of Rosenberg. ‘World of Autumn’ is largely instrumental, definitely the mellowest song on the EP, and the layered harmonies are really beautiful. It’s a totally different sound to previous tracks such as ‘Song for Brothers‘, but Moneytree have successfully managed to master both. ‘Grave and Aloof’ closes the EP, and is the second of Moneytree’s collaborations. This time they’ve taken a decidedly more edgy route by choosing Band of Skulls, who describe themselves as “Alternative Rock.” You can certainly hear their influence in, with vocalist Russell Marsden screaming the chorus. It’s an unexpected choice for a collaboration, but shows the Moneytree have the ability to experiment with a multitude of genres with great success. Moneytree have improved with the release of each Great Indoors EP, and Part III is easily their best effort yet. Tracks such as ‘World of Autumn’ and ‘Song for Brothers’ are the highlights, and are an indication of the direction Moneytree could choose to go in for their debut album. Photobucket