FIVE MILE TOWN: Five Mile Town EP
By Ben Martin
There are some gorgeous moments throughout this five track EP, with singer Louis McDonald’s soulful voice the main attraction as he guides the listener through a number of catchy and pleasantly surprising melodic lines. Instrumentation is subtle and skillfully arranged, with banjo, mandolin and double bass all contributing to the folky undertones of the record. Overall it’s a polished, well-defined sound, one that would sit comfortably on a playlist with UK based pioneers of the folk revolution, Mumford and Sons. If I could wish for anything more from this record it would be a lift in pace and dynamic at times in order to really drive home a chorus or two. But really this is a minor criticism of an extremely accomplished second release for the young Auckland three-piece. Recorded at Big Pop Studios and mixed by Rich Brian, it’s a shame that ‘Five Mile Town’ is not a full album and I sincerely hope to hear more from this obviously talented trio.