Album of the Week , March 27th, 2016 – There Is A Reason 10″ EP by The Above

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It’s finally available for all of you to listen to. My most played album of 2016- “There Is A Reason” by The Above. The more I listen to this , the more I find to love. These guys are smart/talented/musicians who craft some of the best songs you will hear this year. And it may only be March but I can assure you that “There Is A Reason” will be on a short list for most played / best albums of mine for 2016 , in case you missed my review

Coming to us soon from Hidden Volume Records is the new EP” There is a Reason” from Brooklyn’s own , The Above. From the opening track “Holding Back” it’s quite apparent that The Above are staking their claim to being one of the coolest bands ,of 2016. When you play The Above you hear the history of the British Invasion . ” I Wanna Take Her Home” will have you shaking your head in total excitement. The Kinks themselves would be impressed. ” I just Can’t Forget About That Girl” will convince you that you are hearing something from an American Band that hasn’t been accomplished since the days of ‘The Rascals” and early “Byrds” . “Say Your Cool” just flows so easily that you will be singing along halfway through and the killer guitar licks will assure you that you are hearing something worth telling your friends about. Up Next is the title Track ‘ There is a Reason” I’m picking up a little Steve Winwood around the time of Traffic and that’s about as impressed as I’ve been in the 3 years we have been reviewing and talking to bands. “You Look Unwell” closes out this excellent EP , with a rocking tune leaving you with one undeniable fact…The Above are able to assimilate some of the greats that have come before into a sound that is uniquely their own.With this new EP from Hidden Volume Records The Above are proudly proclaiming , The Kids Are Alright….

from Hidden Volume Records

Brooklyn quartet, The Above deliver “There Is a Reason” their Hi-Vo debut 10” EP. Six gorgeous tunes ranging from Byrds/Kinks-inspired garage rock to Baroque Pop that brings to mind The Zombies or Left Banke. Chiming 12-strings, propulsive bass lines, Wilsonesque harmonies, mellotron(!), and more make this their best work to date.

Available in black vinyl (300 copies) with super limited edition clear (100) and pink/yellow splatter (100) vinyl variants. Housed in a heavy weight Stoughton jacket designed by X10.

Includes digital pre-order of There Is a Reason 10″ EP. You get 6 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
shipping out on or around 29 April 2016


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