Do you like to funk? What about intricate and dreamy guitars? Do you froth on gorgeous vocal melodies? If you answered yes to these questions then keep reading. If you answered no, then keep reading anyway. Who knows, it could change your life.
Straight from the get-go To Only A Few At First smacks your ears with what to expect. Opener “As We Fall Into Deep Waters” quickly gets things into action with vocalist Kurt Travis melodically yelling “Not a trace, not a face” bringing an urgency that remains throughout the album.
As “One last Time, Like Hypothermia” starts the vocal line “Yes Yes Oh!” hits hard; By the second time it comes around you’re singing along. Also there is a mad bass lick in this song that you should listen for. TASTY.
The vocal cadence in the chorus of “Once Clinging To The Reeds” is another standout moment. It hits right and grabs attention attention, and sits nicely alongside the almost R&B-tinged feel of the rest of the song’s vocal lines.
Another thing that stands out throughout To Only A Few At First is the delicious and intricate instrumentation. The album would be equally as enjoyable and magical as an instrumental. Take the title track as a good example. It starts off sounding like a post-rock band in an underground speakeasy. It’s dreamy and a little funky, and it carries well. As Sergio Medina’s and Will Swan’s guitar work builds the song shifts and it gets massive and anthemic.
To Only A Few At First closes with what is the perfect summary. “Where The Air Seemed To Cease” toys with all the sounds and styles Royal Coda applied here and culminates as soaring chorusues and yelled vocals over a funk-induced dream of distortion. It’s like a bonus best of at the end of an album with some sneaky surprises throughout.
In the album’s last moments, if the tight instrumentation hasn’t pulled you in, then Kurt’s piercing, yet direct scream will have your heart racing while wanting to press repeat to not escape this weird-arse dream you’re having.