AV CLUB, THE: Not Your Heart: CDEP

Finally, we get new songs from this outfit after their stellar debut. In this case, it was definitely worth the wait. Two songs here are exclusive to this release. Two songs are alternate versions of songs that will appear on their next full length that should come out next year. “Not Your Heart” is a melodic rocker with a catchy chorus and some nice hammer-on fretwork in the guitar solo by frontman/guitarist Aaron Carr. “Ear to the Speaker” is propelled by drummer Jens Guettel’s insistent backbeat that gives the song a raw feel. “Something’s Going on Tonight” paints a pleasant picture of Carr’s hometown, wherever that may be. The record ends on “Not Tonight,” powered by bassist’s Jon Moser’s riffs and backing vocals. I even ended up digging the whiz-bang keyboards on this last track, too. If you ever liked any songs by The Replacements or even the totally underrated Pursuit Of Happiness, then you will want to have this EP in your “go-to” rack. I guarantee it!

 –koepenick (Self-released)