Artist: The Mailman’s Children

EP: The Spiders We Eat

Genre: Indie Rock 

The Spiders We Eat, the fourth studio release by Canadian indie rock band The Mailman’s Children, is an unexpected gem. The vocals, intense and impassioned, and the songwriting, clever and insightful, alone make this EP worth listening to.

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Track Rating
  1. Ride in Your Mind
★★★★½
  1. Private Room
★★★½☆
  1. Off to Work
★★★½☆
  1. Humility
★★★★★
  1. Ride in Your Mind (Acoustic)
★★★★☆

 

  1. Ride in Your Mind

The tone for this track is set at the very beginning: eerie and addictively angsty. The lyrics are astute, but it’s the vocals that give it vigor. They crackle with electricity, giving life to the more melancholic instrumentals.

  1. Private Room

The beats are bouncy and the vocals are misleadingly chirpy; given that it is inspired by the Aurora Mall tragedy. The lyrics don’t feel like they’ll leave your head anytime soon.

  1. Off to Work

An extremely high-strung song about a laidback work style. Everything, from the vocals to the instrumentals, rings of wit and righteousness.

  1. Humility

This song soars; with lyrics that are anthemic and escalate in impact. The arrangement complements it, helping it conclude at a point of absolute poignancy!

  1. Ride in Your Mind (Acoustic)

The acoustic version of Ride in Your Mind is definitely less frenzied. The calmness is, however, no less haunting. While this track is less about the instrumentals and lets the lyrics sink in, it doesn’t have the same impact as the original. It is, however, extremely well placed; helping the EP come a full circle.

Final thoughts: An EP that flows;the transition from one song to the next is effortless and the vocals are transformative!

Picks of the EP: Ride in Your Mind, Humility

Overall Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆