New Music: Acoustic Variations – Volume Two – Joe Symes and the Loving Kind

[Cover design by Joe Symes and the Loving Kind and Rebecca McKinlay]

Joe Symes and the Loving Kind have released a new EP, “Acoustic Variations Volume 2”. It’s a companion piece to the EP they released earlier this year, “Acoustic Variations”. You can check out my review and read more about the first EP HERE.

Both EPs are available to purchase from Joe Symes and the Loving Kind’s website. The EPs include (as the title suggests) stripped down, acoustic versions of songs the band has released, or will be releasing on their next album.

Acoustic Variations Volume Two contains the following tracks:

1. Calling Out To You.

2. Things Get Better (from the band’s last double A-side release).

3. Shoot Us Down.

4. All Of The Things We Said.

Tracks 1 & 4 will be available in full electric form on the band’s next album due to be released at the end of this year, and track 3 is a brand new song.

All the tracks on this new EP are live acoustic takes, recorded for The Narrowboat Sessions, North Wales, and LFC TV Liverpool.

EP Review:

This EP has a very raw sound, and the acoustic format is perfect for Joe Symes and the Loving Kind’s mellow style of music.“Calling Out To You” is a toe-tapping, catchy track, with a wonderfully repetitive sound. It’s followed by the stripped down version of “Things Get Better”, one of the band’s most well known tracks. It’s a haunting, melodic tune. The newest song, “Shoot Us Down”, has a folk music sound and is probably the most up tempo track on the EP.  “All Of The Things We Said” is the final track, and it rounds off the EP well with a Beatle-esque sound; the addition of the whistling in the song is a nice touch. This band are consistently producing top-notch music. I’m looking forward to hearing the new album.

Joe Symes and the Loving Kind are currently on tour in the UK. Keep an eye on their website/social media for dates.

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