Cinematic Sunrise – A Coloring Storybook And Long Playing Record EP
Release Date: May 13, 2008
Record Label: Equal Vision
I love spending quality time with my three-year old sister. Whether it’s playing with Lego’s or her Barrel of Monkey’s, we always have fun. Which is why I’m ecstatic over Cinematic Sunrise’s debut EP, A Coloring Storybook And Long Playing Record EP; it’s another activity for my sister and I! While she is enjoying herself coloring the liner notes, I can listen to the smooth piano-rock melodies coming from Craig Owens (you know, the vocalist from that little band called Chiodos) and company. It’s a win-win situation!
While Owens’ voice is the staple of Chiodos’ chaotic post-hardcore sound, his voice is even better-suited for piano/pop/rock side project. Along with Chiodos’ keyboardist Bradley Bell, Owens’ trades in the screaming and breakdowns for a more melodic tone, as A Coloring Storybook… is CinSun’s first proper release of demos that have been floating around for a few years. Although only one new song was recorded for the release, this EP will satisfy many.
“Pulling A Piano From The Pond” gets the part started, with a sprawling piano intro and an aggressive guitar riff setting the backdrop for Owens’ majestic voice. “Goodbye Friendship, Hello Heartache” is a beautiful ballad made even better with the slight incorporation of strings. “Umbrellas And Elephants" displays a needling guitar riff and odd keyboard effects, while “The Wordless” may be the highlight of A Coloring Storybook…. Featuring a huge chorus and Owens’ confident vocals, it’s a passionate song that’ll definitely hook you on into the band and their sound.
If Owens’ and company can find the time, Cinematic Sunrise could be just as big, if not bigger, than Chiodos. With a sound that is more accessible to music fans, it’ll draw in Chiodos’ fans as well as those who despise the band. A Coloring Storybook And Long Playing EP is addicting and won’t be leaving my iPod anytime soon. Now let’s just cross our fingers for a full length release someday soon. In the meantime, I’ll continue to color my liner notes with my adorable little sister.