‘The Kingfisher and the Hummingbird’ EP is beautiful music for beautiful people, according to The Eulogys’ Facebook page. After many hours staring in the mirror deliberating how beautiful one has to be before listening to this band, this reviewer has decided not to accept instructions from a band that is either unable or unwilling to spell their name correctly. This release is a double EP composed of three Kingfisher tracks and three Hummingbird tracks.
The EP kicks off with the mysterious Hellespont where the main melodic interest flits between a xylophone and a distorted guitar. This interesting instrumentation choice lends an alien feel to the track and coupled with rather distinctive vocals, The Eulogys waste no time forging a truly unique sound for themselves. The band maintain this strong identity they’ve created for themselves throughout the course of the EP, with catchy tunes like Tug, with its chilling chorus gently calling you into the exotic dimension that The Eulogys’ music occupies. Lost Like November develops on this mood, again with a repetitive refrain that reaches a powerful climax before slowly retreating again.
In Ink closes the EP, and is arguably the strongest track. Featuring a slightly irregular drum beat, the track seems to breathe with a passionate energy. The drums play a pivotal role in building up the tune, slowly becoming more and more aggressive before exploding in the final chorus. The song comes to an abrupt halt and the listener is hit with a feeling similar to being caught short of breath after a lengthy sprint.
Over the course of the EP, The Eulogys manage to form a distinctive and highly original sound, managing to be simultaneously simple and complex. The EP is cleverly arranged, with the slightly more accessible tracks at the start of the album, so by the time you hit the more exotic ones, The Eulogys have already teleported you into their world. Beautiful music indeed.