The Links opt for a multifaceted hybrid style on the sun-drenched “Take It Away”. Done with the greatest of care, the Links mess around with listener expectations. A raw gritty style peacefully coexists with slightly askew electronic flourishes. Fidelity wise the Links opt for a live sound for the entire thing pulses with tremendous life. Over the course of the entire collection the Links draw from a wide variety of genres, ranging from EDM to funk to garage rock with everything else in between. With such a varied, multifaceted style their approach recalls the infinitely catchy work of Neon Indian’s later work, featuring a tremendous amount of instrumental variation and great swathes of color.
Vocals have a hazy, dazed quality to them courtesy of Jordan Marola. His voice opts for a surreal presence with playful poetic lyricism guiding the way. Additionally, his guitar and keyboard work incorporate a wide variety of textures into the mix. Proving to be a virtual force of nature, Matthew Ashy’s drumming feels effortlessly yet has a hypnotic quality to it, driving but never overpowering. Finally anchoring the whole of the sound down Troy McClanahan provides the weaving bass, alongside running double-duty with Jordan on synth and guitar. The entire band proves to be in perfect sync with each other, at times recalling the highly immersive group play of Radiohead at times.
With a slight lo-fi drum fake-out, the title track “Take It Away” has a swimmingly sweet affect to it. The buildup happens in such a majestic fashion ensuring that not a moment is wasted. Gradually the groove becomes fully fleshed out and whole. A dance-like beat helps to frame the entirety of the track. Jazzy with a slight nod to funk is the joyful unfolding of “Boxed Wine”. Nicely recalling the bliss of a wasted afternoon, the whole of the piece has a weird and wonderful celebratory spirit to it. When the guitars enter into the mix the piece’s psychedelic musings become fully realized.
Chillwave vibes inform the entirety of the sprawling “Take It Away (Retrograded Funk Mix)”. A dancefloor approach helps the whole of the song to get propelled forward in a delirious wash of synthesizers with a far-off sound. Neatly bringing the whole of the collection to a satisfying conclusion “Last Goodbye (Alternative Version)” has a mellowed-out quality. Going for a spacious feeling everything about the sound glistens.
Everything about “Take It Away” has a summery spirit to it for the Links opt for a hopeful, celebratory sound one that absolutely stuns.
The EP comes out so soon on April 26th!