Since the early 2014 release of their debut EP Welcome to the Invisible World, The Invisible World has made significant inroads in establishing themselves as one of the best alternative rock bands on the indie scene today. The promotional push that’s landed several licensing contracts, appearances at prestigious international film festivals, and over one hundred a fifty radio ads in a variety of large and small media markets across the United States is paying off. The release of their second EP, Color / Echo, further solidifies their position as standing among the most promising songwriting and performing combinations working today. This isn’t imitative claptrap. The Invisible World are clearly aspiring to a signature sound capable of sustaining a multiple decade long career.
Few bands would start off their sophomore EP release with the title song, but The Invisible World aren’t most bands. It’s easy to hear this particular song and its placement in the track listing as some kind of statement of purpose and the song’s structure and dramatic qualities reinforce that impression. They ignore the big top moves typical of the genre – no heavy handed guitar histrionics, no marauding drumming with a beat like a cop. The percussion is beautifully orchestrated throughout the entire EP, but particularly here. The drumming swings and sets an unerring pace on the EP’s second track “Bellamy”. It’s built much more around vocalist Jesse Collins’ acoustic guitar, much like The Rolling Stones’ classic “Brown Sugar” or other songs of that ilk, and speed restlessly along with pure pop verve. “The Way” finds The Invisible World flexing their creative muscles again with another mini-epic reliant on dynamics and contrasting musical elements to captivate the listener. The band shines as a cohesive whole, but Collins stands out from the pack once again here thanks to his sensitive attention to detail as a vocalist.
“Joliet” percolates with much of the same infectious energy as the earlier “Bellamy”, but the groove is a little more delightfully fractured than before and capable of delivering real jolts of surprise. Collins and the band, as players, once again show off their surprising flexibility. The Invisible World strips everything down to the essentials for “Brick by Brick” as Collins carries the song on his back with little more than his acoustic guitar and his deeply emotive vocals. The lyrics are a real highlight here and the lack of a sonic storm swirling around him affords that side of the band’s skill set to shine through brighter than before. The EP’s finale, “Oughta Know”, concludes things with the same signature, vigorous spirit that defines the entire release.
The Invisible World will have their day in the mainstream sun. Even in these diffuse times, where performers blaze briefly before flaming out into indifference, true talent burns hotter and flies longer. The Invisible World are propelled by inventive songwriting, inspired energy, and more than a bit of intelligence. This Midwestern based four piece have built well on their debut release and it bodes well for their forthcoming full length – a release that will likely conclude the work began with their two EP releases and rocket them into the stratosphere.
9 out of 10 stars.