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Southern's previous, self-titled, EP came out towards the end of last year, and the main issue I had with it, at the time, was that it lacked an awareness of consistency. This made it an odd four-track sampler of a band who were otherwise showcasing some real, genuine talent. Thom and Lucy Southern are back with this new three-track EP that, whilst almost unfairly short, mends this problem that came before. Unfortunately, this goes to highlight a couple of others.

The energy this duo have is what gives their sound real authenticity. Although, sure, it's something you need no matter what kind of music you're making, it's easier to hide with certain genres. With this american garage-blues Southern make, there is no such luxury, especially with such stripped back sounds. Everything is very front-and-centre, with nowhere to hide. Luckily, the band never attempt to, and so you're left with the sound of a band making tracks which could easily be off their hundredth studio album. There's no progression here from the duo's last record (this is no bad thing), with most most tracks utilising vocals, guitars, bass, and percussion, and you never face everything piled on top of one another. It's good; this is fun, clean, and well-produced.

Whilst there is a more consistent sound here on Where the Wild Are, let's not forget that there are only three tracks, so it's hard to push that as a real bonus. But, given that, we do see a little variety within that consistency, with 'Oh Won't You Go' giving us a change of pace we've not yet seen from the band. It's good to see, but that doesn't mean the track is anything special, unfortunately. 'Where the Wild Are', the eponymous track, is great, and contains all the facets of Southern that should excite you. The third and final track, 'Four Days', is a tad mellower, but certainly has a spirited edge to it.

One thing's clear: we need a full length record from Southern to really tell if they've got something special in them. They can create individual songs that stand up well, but it's about time we saw whether they have anything beyond that. The challenge you really want to set Southern is to make a cohesive record that puts all their ideas together, one which has the energy they're more than capable of displaying. Based on the past two EPs, however, you have to wonder whether this is something they're ever going to get round to doing, and pulling off successfully.

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