“Animals” is the debut release from This Calamity. It is a three-track body of music that truly displays the
vast ranging musicality of both the instrumentation and the songwriting that develops throughout. Each track
is a demonstration of the artistic capabilities of this songwriter. Vocal harmonies that really emphasize and
colour the melodies, relentless acoustic guitar parts that drive the music forward and gracefully delicate
piano ostinatos are among some of the distinctive features that bring this release to life.
The E.P. begins with the track “Be Near Me Now”, a dream like piece that acts as an introduction, clearly
setting the mood for what is to follow but only really ‘dipping a toe’ into this eclectic brand of alternative rock/
pop. This is then followed by the title track “Animals”, a piece layered with sublime vocals, driving acoustic
guitars that musically act as the backbone behind everything and emotive piano work. The piece is then
brought to life with some flourishes from a string section that brings everything together in a rather beautiful
way. The E.P. closes climatically with the song “Caesar,” which is a piece that really explores the style that
This Calamity is laying out and ends the E.P. in such a way that leaves you wanting more. A fitting end for
the first release from an artist that is sure to bring something as equally interesting in the future.
The “Animals” E.P. is available free-of-charge from 7-10-2011 at 7pm from www.thiscalamity.co.uk