If there is one word I would use to describe the ‘Rocky Mountains EP’ it would be pleasant. The production quality on all three tracks is strong and the tracks are rather interesting, but at no time did my ears ever prick up or did I get that oh-my-god-we’ve-got-something-special-on-our-hands-here feeling that you get when you discover a gem.
‘Fall River Road’ and ‘Rocky Mountains’ are the more danceable of the three but might be best suited to warming up the crowd or winding things down gently. These are not peak time stompers. ‘Fall River’ has a minimal quality to it with a touch of Bucci’s Latin influence peaking through in the rhythm. A chiming synth line keeps things moving along steadily, and the mini breakdown works well. ‘Rocky Mountains’ meanders along with its reverb and intermittent tones locking in a subtle groove – a few of the sounds at play here remind me of the psychedelic flute in Superpitcher’s ‘Lick the Pipe’. The track never really builds up to much rather staying quite tracky before shifting gears into a rather unimpressive finale.
On the flip, ‘Ultrasonic Humidifier’ is a dreamier more floaty number, complete with white static (a la ‘Seeing Through Shadows’) and echoing keys. This one could work as a good transitional track to give the crowd a respite after more intense numbers or set them up for harder things to come. It’s warm, it’s fuzzy, it’s the nice guy. Unfortunately girls don’t tend to go for the nice guy.
All in all this EP is stuck in a bit of a no man’s land. It’s not really grooving or soulful enough for a deep house crowd and definitely not banging enough to ever get the party rocking. Like I said, it’s pleasant.