No Age – Losing Feeling EP No Age – Losing Feeling EP

No Age - Losing Feeling

No Age - Losing Feeling

Losing Feeling at first seems an odd choice of title for the latest EP by lo-fi indie rockers No Age, seeing as feeling and emotion are sewn liberally throughout. It’s a characteristically brief affair, with 2008’s critically acclaimed Nouns and their 2007 debut album Wierdo Rippers only lasting a touch longer than thirty minutes.

Losing Feeling is an unmistakably No Age sounding EP, but there has clearly been a shift away from the immediate sounding punk rock numbers like “Teen Creeps” towards production and atmosphere. Opening track “Losing Feeling” first washes in amongst a haze of layered, far off guitars and some dream pop sounding vocals. The track builds steadily until a knee jerk finale kicks in around 2:40, brilliantly displaying that No Age can sit a deeper atmospheric sound alongside their trademark rough rock. “Genie” , ironically for a track without drums, is probably the song with the strongest sense of rhythm here. Initially a stripped down no frills guitar and vocals track, the boys re-introduce the presence of those delay and reverb drenched guitars. It serves as the EPs most instantly touching moment, even if you can’t work out what guitarist Randy Randall (What a name) is saying all the time (One of my general complaints about No Age).

The beautiful “Aim At The Airport” hints most strongly at a new direction for No Age. Consisting of simply fuzz and twinkly guitar noises, it’s good to see that the duo know how to take the foot off the gas and still make it work. Apart from marking a new direction in the No Age camp, it stands as a great ambient track on it’s own.

But enough of that. “You’re A Target” crashes in soon after and sees Losing Feeling out with a bang. The most typically sounding No Age song on the EP takes the immediacy and frantic nature of Nouns closer “Brain Burner” and gives it a bit more direction. It’s still a bull, but it’s at least been pointed at the china shop.

The first and last tracks of the EP are probably the best ones to stick on for someone who’s never heard No Age before, but it’s via the two songs in the middle that the band have managed to eek out every inch of atmosphere and crucially add some substance to what might have otherwise been a throwaway set of tracks. It opens and closes strongly, but essentially it’s the space in between that makes Losing Feeling special.

Track Listing:
1. Losing Feeling
2. Genie
3. Aim at the Airport
4. You’re a Target

No Age - Losing Feeling EP, reviewed by Lemon on 2009-10-14T13:54:59-07:00 rating 4.0 out of 5

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