Review: EEVAH – ‘Simplify Life’ EP

Leeds based duo EEVAH recently dropped their anticipated new EP ’Simply Life’. Seamlessly blending alt-indie, electro pop, synth pop and dream pop, EEVAH straddle the line between dreamy 80s acts and contemporary soundscapes.

Based in Halifax, EEVAH are Nicole Smith and multi-instrumentalist / producer Rick McNamara (Embrace). Their lyrics speak to the insecurities that exist within us all. They have been featured on numerous Spotify editorial playlists such as New Music Friday UK, Proper Belters, Soda and Fresh Finds UK. The duo have built up a cult following performing hundreds of online shows to an ever growing community.

Opening with the anthemic ’Say It’s Just Us’, the EP blast out of the traps with Nicole’s smooth vocal taking centre stage. Building throughout, ’Say It’s Just Us’ is a a crystal clear pop song showcasing the band’s ability to concoct stylish, melodic music. While ’Say It’s Just Us’ illustrates EEVAH’s arena-ready energy, ’Notice You’ is the band at their intimate best. Cathartic lyricism is poignantly delivered as the duo alternate in vocal duties, creating a refined and, at times, bittersweet left-field pop song.

‘Heartbeat Is Missing’ offers a change of pace as EEVAH amp up the energy. Aggressive guitars soar into a catchy chorus as ‘Heartbeat Missing’ crescendos into a rousing indie dance disco classic. Closing out the EP is the reflective ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ and is illustrative of EEVAH’s captivating sound. Combining pulsating beats and heart wrenching emotion, the track is like a dagger to the heart. Evocative and brooding, ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ underscores the essence of the EP as well as EEVAH’s brittle viewpoint of modern society.

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