Cinders is certainly making a splash on their self titled debut album. From start to finish the band has put together an LP that some veteran artists can’t even come close to.
“Dog Heart” kicks off the whole experience, and if the title sounds a bit strange to you, just wait until you hear the lyrics. “You buried it in the yard so the dog could find it,” the lead singer croons sharply about his heart with a biting tongue. Later he instructs his mate “put the shovel away the dog will dig it up one day/you’ll find it in the food dish.” It’s words like this that give Cinders an edge and also demonstrate how they can craft a tune with serious content in a dark, twisted, and yet playful way. Completely original with a folk feel that turns a slightly macabre song into something like a giant fun sing-a-long, after one listen it will be stuck in one’s head immediately. Impossible to listen to without a big stupid grin plastered on your face “Dog Heart” sets the tone for the rest of the superb LP.
Later on “Closed Blinds” really sees Cinders honing their playful skills, the instrumentation, complete with dancing piano and horns blending together, matching each other note for note like a musical seesaw. It evokes a carnival fairground feel, something that sounds reminiscent of what Panic at the Disco did on Pretty. Odd. Sweet and a bit sentimental it tells the story of two people who are blindly in love and who some may call foolish as the don’t even know each others name. Blind love is something that suits Cinders just fine, a subject they can talk about freely, innocently in love. There are some dark moments, each partner worried about their state of their relationship, but with the light and airy vibe of the song it all balances out to one of the best tracks on the LP.
“Last Years Winter” is more of a ballad, slow and soothing, something one might want to listen to on a cold night in front of a fireplace. This is definitely a song that is about nostalgia as the singer looks back on his childhood and realizes he will never be that happy again. But as he notes repeatedly “on the road there are some things that make it worthwhile,” and this is a statement that many listeners will be able to identify with bringing the creator and the audience together on views of life. Very much in the indie spirit, this is a tune that connects and works on every level, calm but also very deep, and the midtempo jangle helps move the song along never dragging, making it sound new and fresh.
Other tracks one shouldn’t miss are “Hope You Do,” which includes the sincere lyrics “I want your heart and I hope you want mine too,” on a delightful chorus, and “Call it home” which tells the story of a daughter who has left home but has parents that want her to be able to call their modest house and life home, and have a life that they couldn’t give her.
Overall Cinders make an impressive debut, tender and fun, and are sure to garner many fans upon release.