HOMESTEAD, Beacon (EP)
A while back I wrote about Canadian duo Homestead’s first single releases, “Runaway” (inside one of my 10/10 posts) and “Rather Be Friends”. They’re included on their new EP Beacon along with three other diverse songs. Opening up with my favourite song “Lifeline”, Homestead delivers crunchy guitar work (courtesy of Liam DeBoer) and a 70’s flavoured melody (why do I want to hum Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4”?) which aptly partner with the versatile voice of singer Joël. “Move Along”, which is preceded by an interlude, gives a tip of the hat to 90’s alt.rock such as Beck and particularly Nine Inch Nails as edginess once again finds compatibility with melody. The other new song is “High Off Your Lows”, which kicks in with 60’s flavoured horns leading an intriguing signature story that only Joël can deliver. This hard-working, Toronto-area pair have immense potential with vocal, guitar and synth-powered music tailored for college, indie and alternative radio. Watch for more good things to come from Homestead!