Leave Land For Water - Leave Land For Water EP (Sink & Stove)
UK release date: 3 October 2005
There are some releases which no matter how many times you listen to them you still cannot persuade yourself to like, despite a feeling that you should. One such example is the debut EP from Bristol's Leave Land For Water, a quintet born out of folktronica act Theboylucas. The five tracks featured on the EP are all based around very complex song structures, a basis which can sometimes be clever and very effective but on others sound disjointed and hard to follow. This is a prime example of the latter. Take opening number, The Cinders Spread, for example, with its numerous changes in tempo, half-hearted vocals and "chorus" (a term that I'm using loosely) with no real tune but just a mish-mash of noise.
There is a great deal of ghostly stuff swirling around in the background throughout the EP and the odd spluttering of synth but in the main, the most important thing, the songs, leave you bored. The slow-burner that is Bonnie Banks, is the best effort, while Dead Museum finds the band failing in an attempt on reproduce Red-era King Crimson. There is one major plus, however, in the form of some wonderfully technical drumming throughout.
Leave Land For Water were shortlisted earlier this year in the top six groups at Dazed & Confused Magazine's Annual Creative Awards, so clearly someone must like them. Unfortunately this reviewer hasn't been sold yet and would pass on the advice that it's fine to write complex music but you still need to remember to add some tunes into the mix.