So, a very good friend of mine asked me to take a look at this new experimental EP Clear from PERIPHERY. I think she did so because I don’t really consider myself a fan. Calm down, I don’t dislike this band, not at all. I just don’t get as gaga over them as some others do. Since this is, as I stated earlier, an experimental record, who better to give it a once-over than an outsider, right? And before we go any further, YIS, it’s an EP!! Seven songs and a 30-minute run time do NOT an album make!! OK. Now I feel better. It will be out for purchase on January 28 via Sumerian Records. In the meantime you can stream the entire thing HERE at your leisure.
I really like the concept of this, in that each member wrote his own track, start to finish, except for “Overture” which makes an appearance in some form during all the other songs. PERIPHERY guitarist Misha Mansoor says: “Clear is an experiment to explore all of the different writing styles in the band.” Cool, right? On paper it sounds like a winner, considering the fan base. I can also say that execution-wise it is a success. There’s really not a bad song to be found. Musically, trying to pin this thing down would be the sonic equivalent of chicken chasing in that you’ll be running in a hundred different directions. This is meant to be enjoyed, not analyzed.
After a few listens the ones I liked most were “The Summer Jam” by Jake Bowen, “The Parade of Ashes” by Spencer Sotelo, and Misha’s instrumental track “Zero”. Honestly, they’re all good, but these three resonated with me the most. And of those three, Spencer’s tune is waaaay out there, thus the appeal. I mean, is this something I’ll be spinning over and over again? Probably not. But I think PERIPHERY fans will be pretty happy with this little slice of musical pie as long as they understand going in that it’s meant to be a wide-ranging array of styles and not pigeon-holed. Just listen, you’ll see.