Obsidian opens with a massive backwards cymbal and a particularly well executed and pretty bit of synth. Vocals are reminiscent of Wakefield slackers The Cribs but are just a little underperformed, just missing nonchalant and appearing uninterested. Initially the lyrics feel a bit over-egged and thesaurus-ed but on watching the band’s EPK it is clear that Matt and Sean have a fondness for compiling cultural and literary references as Morrissey would for The Smiths – inserting easter eggs for the listener and adding depth, prompting a little bit of homework.
Although clearly influenced by The Cure and other 80s acts there’s an appreciated lack of 80s tropes and cliches which help the band dodge dreaded nostalgia. The bass meanders in a satisfying way and drums are strong – but, it’s the synth that demands a few visits to Obsidian, it’s rich and complex and considered.
A riskier approach in the studio may have given the track the grit that it’s unfortunately lacking. Tight, modern basslines and polished guitar may benefit from a little dirt around the edges to match the band’s edgier intention. Musically Reardon Love are not as defiant or as out-there as their bio promises, but they need to be.
They need to fly off the handle a little. All are clearly well versed and passionate, the only fault here lies with the recording and production. I’d like to see them go all-out on future endeavours, the songs are well crafted and clearly deserve the right execution.