Review: Everyday People ‘Small Islands’
Leeds based funk/soul band Everyday People take us on a heartfelt and authentic journey to ‘Small Islands’, a place of sunshine and smooth beats. The track begins as it means to go on, with nostalgia-infused vocals layered over groovy, poignant production. Minimalist instrumentation provides a chilled out canvas for dreamlike lyrics to meander their way amongst cheerful guitar riffs, sentimental organ and a gentle embankment of percussion. ‘Small Islands’ tells a tale of idealism, respite, and slow pacific living.
A cathartic experimentation of Everyday People’s soulful sound, the track is as mellow as the emotions behind it. A progression of beautiful melancholy, ‘Small Islands’ envisions an escape from the everyday. It is the epitome of easy-listening, and provides the perfect soundtrack to wistful dreams of walking under palm trees and sipping sweet cocktails. At just past the two-minute mark, the vocals become more stripped, accompanied only by cymbal rolls and a crescendo of expressive guitar to bring the song to a close. As the song’s elements drift away, so does the mind to places far away, inspired by the funk vibes that Everyday People have so expertly crafted.