– by Ethan White
Portland may well be the most pretentious place on Earth today but I cannot deny their music scene is unique and wonderful. Sinless is just another product of this. With their lo-fi dream pop seemingly oozing with warm feelings and wonderfully minimalistic album art, I cannot predict how far they will go; however they will go far I’m sure. Melodie, the second EP from Sinless, is another four track record like their first, Ethereality. Just as the first record, it is a journey of moulded tones and moods fashioned by the five-piece Portland band consisting of Cor Allen (vocals/guitar), John Walsh (guitar/synth), Pete Bosack (bass), Lynn Nicholson (drums), and John Goforth (keyboards).
Opening on the track “Cool” which is a very applicable happy tune that could fit a day inside alone, a relaxed house party and a day at the beach, in the city, in the car… the list goes on. It is a versatile and captivating track. The EP ends on “You’re So Fey” which is, instrumentally, much more dense than the opener. It also has more prominent vocals and is closer to a pop song than most tracks by Sinless, but it still has a flair of formulated aptitude that these Portlanders lay down.
The third track in this EP “Strange Reality” is among one of the catchiest songs of the year. It is a fusion of new-age indie and lo-fi with a blur between the 60’s manner and 80’s methodology. Regardless of poor analysis it’s a great track from great artists.
In an attempt to subside the excitement for the nearly completed full-length album by Sinless, please use the four tracks on Melodie (and while you’re at it, if you haven’t already, listen to Ethereality also).