Clocking in at just under 13:00, The Listed Building EP is the first offering from London pop/shoe-gazers Something Beginning With L, and within those four songs, you'll find your emotions, as well as your opinion of this hard-to-measure 3-piece change enough to make you feel seasick. Still, who said you shouldn't have to work to enjoy your music?

Opener 'Angel Sized' begins in earnest, dropping you straight into the action with a powerful snare drum that introduces a catchy - if not overly inventive, guitar line that lies well with pleasant melodies in the verse and chorus. That also feels like the problem though; 'pleasant' is not particularly overwhelming, and, whilst this opener is well put together, it never quite seems to get going in the way it should, something which perhaps detracts from the remainder of the EP, the tracks twee, electro-pop leanings never quite offering enough feeling to make the track worthwhile.

From here on in, though, things pick up tenfold. Well, when I say pick up, I mean slow down; the trio seem to find their stride when exploring more laidback soundscapes, and whilst shoving them into the "shoegaze" category could be as much as hindrance as a help, these guys do seem to do it tremendously well, and those elements make for a considerably more focused conclusion to the EP.

There's an undeniable quality to the swooning piano of second track 'Younger Thoughts' which allows for an open, spacious feel, that cascades over the rhythm section, and allows the vocal harmonies to carry you to depths that no amount of listening to the EP's opener could manage.

Indeed, it would appear that Something Beginning with L are much more suited to this sleepy, laid back approach, as it allows a flawless movement into the third track of the EP, 'Expansion Ride'.

Opening with a hazy guitar intro that again carries some beautifully reflective vocals, the song threatens to be too close to its predecessor, but then takes an unsettling, but beautifully brooding middle-section that somehow comes full circle and allows the song to finish just as it started.

It is the last track, though, that exists as the perfect end, closing the EP out in a much more sophisticated, and involving manner than that in which it opens. 'Unwittingly Beautiful' is textured in a way that means it reveals something new at every turn, and genuinely does embroil you in the feelings of the vocalist, climbing and falling in a way that feels natural, and sits well with the melancholic guitar lines and steadily throbbing bass. The other big difference here is the way in which the more electronic sounds are utilized with a great deal of subtlety that the opener lacks, so that the beat of the song complements the surrounding instrumentation, and then disperses just as quickly to allow the harmonious vocals that are so often the outstanding strength of the EP to finish it off almost perfectly.

Note to self: don't judge a book by a cover, or a band by the opening track of their EP.

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