It’s so refreshing putting on music that when the first breath of a note begins, you can already tell the sweetness of what’s to come. Inchworm captures that sweetness with ease throughout “Simple Days Without Money”, the breezy, catchy opening track on their EP ‘Sheep In Wolf’s Clothing’.
I’ve been an Inchworm fan for awhile now – ever since dedicating a whole Band Weblogs Podcast Show to the Chicago based band – which is a very rare occurrence, and it’s great to hear their music again after being away from it for awhile. It’s always a good personal ‘test’ so to speak, when a band that stirred you the first time you heard them gives you that same exciting feeling the next time you listen to their music after a long break. There’s just an all around wholesome sound that Inchworm brings to the table – similar to The Band – endearing vocals and harmonies, quality musicianship and well written timeless songs.
“Green House Grown” swings along with a wonderful rhythm and piano with harmonies reminiscent of The Band. “You I Aim For” is another sweet, classic sounding track on the EP. “Learn to Grift” steers the listener in a different direction from the previous Americana feel of the other tracks. A more modern/indie sound along with superb drumming. “Waltz Through the Ashes”, as you can gather from the title, is a darker track with standout, sultry vocals and cool guitar parts – and tone – throughout.
“Silent Observers” is an appropriate closing track. I love the rustic sound of the piano at the intro, and the vocals waste no time coming in. There’s a great build to this song, with its humble beginning, then the beautiful harmonies, excellent dynamics, soaring guitar, steady bass and then gradually building up to a somewhat experimental grand finale. Brilliant.
This EP is HIGHLY recommended and goes into my “great music for sitting around a fire at night” category.
‘Sheep In Wolf’s Clothing’ Track Listing:
Simple Days Without Money
Green House Grown
You I Aim For
Learn to Grift
Waltz Through the Ashes
If you happen to be in the Chicago area on October 10, 2008 – I’ve got the perfect night out for you. Inchworm’s CD Release Show!! If I could be there, I would.
By: Jenny May