11 Oct 2015

Juneau / Into The Mouth Of The Wolf (EP review)



Hailing from Nottinghamshire, the two-piece indie-folk band Juneau present themselves as a really refreshing prospect on their debut EP, Into the mouth of the wolf. Dreamily finger-picked guitars and passionate vocals that verge on harrowing, the two-piece have produced an incredibly mature, evocative first effort that will certainly win them the hearts of anyone that listens.

We first heard from them about a year ago, with the dreamy folk demo Spit It Out, and since then we've been smitten by their sound. For Into the mouth of the wolf, Spit It Out gets a fresh rerecording and is joined by 5 previously unreleased songs.

Leading the pack of these is the lusty Charlie, a powerful number in which singer Layla Remeikis full of youth, heartbreak, and all the emotions in between. In what is a sonic mix between Elliott Smith's finger-picking melancholia and Patti Smith's (no relation to Elliott) (I think) raging passion.

Again, this is apparent and unignorable on Spirits and Claw It Back, which are both primal displays of passion, bold lyrics and tender melodies. Spirits especially, the band have brought a drummer in to the outfit with surprisingly great results; it's the closer of the EP, and one of the coolest teenage lovesongs I've heard in a while, and a complete picture of youth.

My favourite track comes in the forms of the rustic, mesmeric Games, which sees Juneau at their most wonderful and enthralling; terse melodies and a chorus that just screams Florence Welch's Dylan-loving twin. As well as that, the dynamics and the tension created in the bridge sections are just something else, with the band having remarkable control of volume as a method of emphasising their passionate peaks, considering the two-piece consist of only a guitarist and a singer.

The band might have what is an unconventional setup, but the vocals and the guitar parts are unique and technical, ensuring that Juneau remain really enthralling for the duration of the EP; the lyrics are wonderful, the songs are brilliant, and this is one of my favourite raw folky releases of the year.

9.0/10

buy ur self a copy here or stream it above

(written by calum cashin)