Stan Olshefski, better known as Seneko is dedicated to kicking out indie-pop with jangly alt-country riffs at a rate that others can't seem to match. Dude is prolific. In fact, this is his 3rd EP in the past 4 years.
This one is called "Soul Numbers" and it promises to be more of the same Radiohead with a country feel that we've come to expect from Seneko.
Before we get to the review, I must mention that the Huffington Post compared him to the Gin Blossoms. Readers of this blog and followers of my Twitter know that I absolutely love the Gin Blossoms and this has made me ever extra excited to check this EP out.
"The Devil You Don't Know" starts with some great 50's doo-wop harmonies and I'm like "hell yeah", shortly after that Seneko starts the verse and I'm a little thrown off because he has a very Nick Cave vibe that I wasn't expecting but by the end of the song was full into. A really bouncy track that starts the album off in a really fun way. Track two is "Callin' of the Cause" and it's another strong track that is equal parts americana, doo-wop, and pop. I really enjoy the vibe. Makes me want to take a long road trip just to crank this up. "Jenny's With Irene" is a fun little ditty about being in love with a lesbian. I've been there, bro. "Lost on Me" has more of a 70's melodic rock feel to it. This one actually seems a little Bruce Springsteen inspired. Solid again. The EP ends on "One Hot Shot" and it might be the most radio-friendly track on the entire album. Again, it reminds me of Henry's Dream era Nick Cave. That ain't a bad thing.
This is a strong collection of jangly guitar and earnest vocals here. Seneko is a gifted songwriter and I'm really looking forward to hearing more from him. I didn't get the Gin Blossoms comparison at all but these tracks stand on their own just fine. Highly recommended.
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