Underwater Track Team

by Underwater Track Team

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Californian six-piece Underwater Track Team are a folk-pop band that proudly display their influences and are keen to draw upon them (Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Fleet Foxes, etc.), whilst still clearly trying to retain their individuality. Their self-titled debut EP, released this month, has been made available to download for free via their BandCamp page and offers five songs of plucky guitar and tight vocal harmonies.

Opening track 'The Call' is the band's elected single, and begins with the sounds of the beach before the strings begin to be strummed in the familiar folksy style. Soon accompanied by "oohs" and "aahs" and a drum-kit eager to be heard, the lyrics then begin to guide us down a carefree road of positive self-confidence.

"We're on the rise, You can't deny,
We hear the call.
We are the kings tonight,
We are the queens tonight."

Even without the shoreline and seagull samples, 'The Call' has a wonderful summery vibe to it that should be applauded for evoking such feelings during a cold and miserable March day.

The watery theme continues into the second track, 'Waves', which talks of fear and making mistakes - likening all the worries to the heavy pressure of water. Yet this song is more uplifting than might appear, and the final lines tell us why:

"I never know how far I'm going,
I only know how far I've come.
All the things that have been done,
To make me strong."

As we hit the middle of the EP there's a brief change of style. 'Set Me On Fire', with its smooth-jazz attitude, lounge-bar aura, and female lead vocal, certainly sticks out amongst its neighbouring folk-fests. Yet, lodged between them all as it is, the track provides a healthy and welcome contrast, and also proves that Underwater Track Team are no one-trick pony.

As we approach the end of the record, penultimate track 'It Won't Leave' is back in familiar territory and yet is almost certainly a high point of the EP. The haunting harmonies - particularly on the frequent "oohs" - are spine-tinglingly good (echoed, coincidentally, in the lyrics themselves) and when the piano hammers its way into the second half, the whole tune becomes a glorious example of what this band can do.

The EP ends with 'Keep The Light On'. Although perhaps a less adventurous track than the others, it's swaying rhythm and final drum beats bring the record to a satisfyingly comfortable close.

Recorded and produced in a way that keeps their sound live and untainted, this debut release has some fantastic highlights that are worthy of exploring.

- Christopher Heppinstall (Aurally Yours)

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released 08 March 2013
Recorded and Produced by Benjamin Pevsner

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Track Name: The Call
Break of these chains
We’re not afraid to love tonight
‘Cause we know
The stars on our side

We’re on the rise
You can’t deny
We hear the call

We are the kings tonight
We are the queens tonight

Kick off you shoes
You know our feet are in the sand
We got our thumbs out
As we’re chasing the passing cars

We’re on the rise
You can’t deny
We hear the call

We are the kings tonight
We are the queens tonight
Track Name: Waves
All the things that make me nervous
All the things that I am scared of
All the things that make me worry
Make me drown

When you told me that I’d fall
You knew it all along
You let me fall so I’d get back up
So I’d learn to get back up again

My eyes are on You and my feet are on water
My feet are on water
These waves are still crazy and my feet are on water
My feet are on water

All the things are unexpected
But I know they’re always coming
Only make me feel like running
But I’ll walk

When you told me that I’d fall
You knew it all along
You let me fall so I’d get back up
So I’d learn to get back up again

My eyes are on You and my feet are on water
My feet are on water
These waves are still crazy and my feet are on water
My feet are on water

I never know how far I’m going
I only know how far I’ve come
All the things that have been done
To make me strong
Track Name: Set Me On Fire
In this cold December
All the lights came down on me
Your face your face
I still remember
And it’s crawling out in the open where I can see

You’re gonna set me on fire
Your’re gonna set me on fire
And I don’t how
And I don’t know where
And I don’t know when
You’re gonna set me on fire

I sailed the seven seas
But I still see you in my dreams
Is this a nightmare or a fantasy
All I know
Is I’m still yelling baby please

You’re gonna set me on fire
Your’re gonna set me on fire
And I don’t how
And I don’t know where
And I don’t know when
You’re gonna set me on fire

I will try to push away
But every time I see your face
You’re every move just fans the flame
And I can’t let you go
Track Name: It Won't Leave
(You) were right
I was scared this is not the right time
I had hoped that I could change your mind
Or my heart would give up over time

But it won’t leave,
No, it won’t leave
No, it won’t leave

I’ve tried
To forget for your sake and for mine
It’s messed me up and shivers down my spine
(But) I’ll wake up one day and leave it all behind

But it won’t leave,
No, it won’t leave
No, it won’t leave
No, it won’t leave

In you, I have placed my faith
In you, I have lived in vain

But it won’t leave,
No, it won’t leave
No, it won’t leave
No, it won’t leave
Track Name: Keep The Light On
Don't tell me now you've lost your way
Don't tell me now you've given up faith

Don't tell me now that you can't move
That the world has put sand in your shoes

Keep the light on
Follow the porch steps

Home
Home
He's calling and you know I'm falling so I'm coming home

In the summer time when things were good
I knew my father understood
That in the fall with changing trees
I would leave

I am my father's son
My greed is a loaded gun
My heart is numb
He's calliing me

Home
Home

He's calling and you know I'm a falling so I'm coming home