Deep Space, the eighth EP from the family band hailing from Tyler, Texas, is anything but from a galaxy far, far, away. With the follow up from their well received third studio album The Valley, the bar was set high - and if you had doubt, the band delivered. Consistently, the always delicate vocals of the DuPree sisters float casually through your speakers, their songs always having an air of fantasy no matter how real the emotions. "Deep Space" was recorded in the bands own homes and without an official producer - a reminder of their earlier tracks, shaping a stripped down approach to their already down to earth manner. Sherri DuPree-Bemis says, "It was the most conductive environment to being creative that I've ever been in…" And it shows. From their Laughing City EP in 2003, the band has shown this consistent style and continuity - hailing influences from Radiohead, Mars Volta, and their own fantastical imaginations. Almost ten years since the release of their Laughing CIty EP, it's clear the band discovered their sound and style early on. While subject matter and their lives changed, they've managed to hold onto their dream like, mellow, down to earth feel, giving your ears pleasant melodies of smooth, delicate, and raw vocals.
Despite their consistency, with each new EP or full length, they have always added a new dimension, showcasing growth in their craft to create a strong dynamic and versatility in their music making. Deep Space has an air of story telling from track to track that Eisley fans are familiar with. Dupree-Bemis always a master of creating a tale from actual experiences. The title track was written for husband Max Bemis (Say Anything), and is three minuet love story hopefully, beautiful about "being lost in space with love." Deep Space proves to be no different, tales of love and the beauties of being in love, even delivered with a fantastic waltz of vocalizations that dances spectacularly around smooth melodies.
Deep Space is everything you could expect to hear from Eisley. Soft melodies with a sweet atmosphere contrasting from their 2011 release The Valley. It's clear the band hasn't lost sight of who they are. "One Last Song" is reminiscent of something you could have expected to hear from the 2003 Marvelous Things EP, the vocals reminding me of "Lost at Sea" from their sophomore album Room Noises. If you're a fan of Eisley, you won't be disappointed, if you've never heard of them - now would be a good time to start. The EP drops on February 14th through Equal Vision Records.