EEF (Early Ettringite Formation) – ‘what eef?’

Italian quintet EEF (Early Ettringite Formation) captivate on their sophomore album, what eef?, and its range of successful stylistic pursuits — from the funky, bluesy rock of lead single “Faded Memory” to the brassy sophisti-pop soaring of the opening “Rising Up.” The latter shows shades of Black Midi in its theatrical vocal segments and brass infusions, to give an idea of the band’s creative chops and evident musicianship. The 10-track album also represents the debut of a new frontman, Edoardo Gili.

The album’s blend of funk, soul, rock, and beyond makes for a riveting listening experience. The highlights are numerous. Another highlight comes in “Something for You,” a tender assortment of soulful guitars and brassy reflections amidst a yearning vocal passion. The “do something for you,” hook is enthralling, and indicative of the project’s more approachably melodic productions.

“Reloaded Mind” showcases their more eclectic journeying, invoking a cinematic flair in the variety — from the electrifying guitar work at the four-minute mark, coinciding with palpable vocal passion, to the initial contemplations. what eef? is a commanding success from EEF.

“Rising Up” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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