Daniel M. P. Shaw

Step Outside

by The Flocking Murmuration

Released 2018
Boj River Music
Released 2018
Boj River Music
While remaining faithful to the band's core indie-folk-rock sound, TFM's wide-ranging 2nd EP branches out into soaring country rock, epic hardcore jams reminiscent of their dynamic stage shows, disco-tinged dance numbers and dreamy acoustic balladry.
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While remaining faithful to the band's core indie-folk-rock sound, TFM's wide-ranging 2nd EP branches out into soaring country rock, epic hardcore jams reminiscent of their dynamic stage shows, disco-tinged dance numbers and dreamy acoustic balladry.

While their eponymous debut was in-your-face, sweaty, close-up and somewhat claustrophobic in its intensity, "Step Outside" is more of a Great Outdoors affair, contemplating the vast expanses of Time and Space. It kicks off with "Cara" a Johnny Cash-meets-Guns n' Roses number that attempts to "roll all the world's goodbyes into one song," according to the band.

This is followed by the upbeat, dancing title track ranging from swirling psychedelia to disco and back again. Fingerpicking love song "A Heart and Tears a-Plenty" is track number 3 - gradually building to a pulsating finale - before the bopping mystical rocker "The Ultimate".

As the record builds momentum, the band moves from the metaphysical to the physical: an epic version of the band's classic live showpiece "Dark Matter" which grooves and jams and thrashes until eventually tamed by the sea-shanty-esque curiosity, "Pathosphere".

And, just as it seems we have reached the lilting end, the closing piece fades gently into view: a stomping reprise of the title track has one last go at reminding us all to get up, stand up, and Step Outside.