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Nai Harvest - Hold Open My Head EP

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Nai Harvest - Hold Open My Head EP
Release Date: March 3, 2014
Record Label: Topshelf (US); Dog Knights Production (UK)
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
I guess you call this progression.

Since they released half the EP prior to its release, no one can really say they didn’t see this coming. Nonetheless, it’s a bit strange to know this EP is by the same band who released Whatever last year, since the sound is so far removed from their previous jangly emo style. Hold Open My Head sounds instead like a latecomer to the whole 90s alternative revival, with hoarse yells traded in for melancholic croons and twinkly noodling replaced by HUM-inspired riffs.

The fuzzy opener “Rush” is a great lead-in to the EP, showing off the best aspects of the band’s new sound. It’s easy to draw similarities between this song and the more accessible ones – like “Wind-Up” – from the latest Pity Sex record, but with more intelligible vocals and a catchier chorus. The title track follows, a slightly more brooding song which lets the drumming shine. During the last twenty seconds of the song, the duo goes all out for a memorable, almost pop-punk sounding outro. “Pastel” is perhaps the highlight, with its strangely bright riffs and suddenly loud and distorted chorus. During its cymbal driven bridge the song gets faster and louder to lead to a “Whoa-oh” filled climax before seamlessly slowing back down. That the band can go through so many different sounds and tempos with none of them sounding inorganic is a testament to their skill. The closing track “I Don’t Even Know” seems a bit strange here, being a more punk influenced song on an otherwise fuzzy EP. It’s also the only song one which Ben Thompson utilizes his twinkle daddy yell, which has noticeably improved. Unfortunately, the song gets repetitive, as even lyric sung is sung at least four times consecutively.

All things considered, it’s still easy to call Hold Open My Head Nai Harvest’s greatest accomplishment to date. They took a pretty big risk abandoning their much-loved emo sound in favor of this one, and it’s certainly paid off. If they continue down this path, they could be on their way to releasing a truly great record.

Recommended If You LikeDiamond Youth’s Shake EP; Basement’s Colourmeinkindness; Pity Sex’s Feast Of Love


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07:29 AM on 03/04/14
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One of the most exciting bands in the UK at the moment. Great stuff
02:45 PM on 03/07/14
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the UK is pumping jamz out right now!
03:24 PM on 03/07/14
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Seen these a few times now, Whatever was good but this is better.
08:08 AM on 03/08/14
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Solid ep, stoked I pre ordered it after I got to stream it.
11:47 AM on 03/09/14
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This one completely missed my radar... glad I saw this review. Time to give it a spin.
09:11 AM on 03/23/14
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has anyone gotten their pre-order vinyl yet?
05:43 PM on 03/23/14
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has anyone gotten their pre-order vinyl yet?
OMG do you have the same issue? I haven't gotten mine either! I just searched my e-mail and it said it shipped march.6th but I've never received it so I'm very confused.
05:07 AM on 03/24/14
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OMG do you have the same issue? I haven't gotten mine either! I just searched my e-mail and it said it shipped march.6th but I've never received it so I'm very confused.
i found a tracking number for my order. looks like it should be here either today or tomorrow. crisis averted. haha. hope you get yours soon!
05:16 AM on 03/24/14
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i found a tracking number for my order. looks like it should be here either today or tomorrow. crisis averted. haha. hope you get yours soon!

I just messaged them yesterday, thanks though. We'll see.
07:29 AM on 03/26/14
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I just messaged them yesterday, thanks though. We'll see.
got mine in the mail yesterday! woo!
08:23 AM on 03/26/14
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got mine in the mail yesterday! woo!
Same, actually haha USPS actually came through for once.
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