By: Abby Jeffers
The Little Brothers EP from Columbus indie-rockers Silvis feels simple at first, perhaps because of its incredible lightness. Upon a closer listen, however, it’s surprisingly intricate, as all of the moving parts come together. Layers of nimble guitar picking and bass licks mesh seamlessly, and frontman Luke Johnson’s vocals are smooth and gentle on top of it all.
Little Brothers opens with “Us into Gold,” a mellow track that is primarily composed of soft guitar picking. Its melody is heart-achingly pretty, as Johnson spins a fairytale with his lyrics, singing, “And in the paths we create through our minds/Here comes the rain, I can't see/The sun will turn us into gold.”
The EP is bright and folky, and its lyrics are sweet and, for the most part, center around love. In “On My Way,” Johnson croons, “I am open wide/I’ll let this love guide my way/Through the darkest nights.” It’s wholesome and only adds to the adorably warm tone of the tracks. Later, in “MUAH,” he sings nonchalantly about falling for someone: “From that moment in time/I’d be yours and you’d be mine/And that’d be cool.”
The music is soft, but it builds throughout Little Brothers, adding saxophone in the second track and harmonies throughout. The opening of “MUAH” sounds vaguely like a barbershop quartet with thick harmonies and snapping fingers, and later in the song, it bursts into a faster-paced tempo.
Tracks like “Feel Alright” and “Escape” are slightly more substantial and fast-paced. The percussion and saxophone, respectively, are heavier, helping the tracks to increase in intensity, as well as tempo. “Escape” wraps it up with a louder saxophone track and a more substantial sound; it’s funkier and less simple-sounding. The track is still easy to listen to, though, staying in line with the rest of the EP.
The beauty of Little Brother lies in its accessibility. It is both simple and intricate, as instruments are woven together, and it is a delightfully soft folk-rock EP. The layers build throughout, integrating more instruments and adding volume until it builds to a final, more substantial track. It’s cute and mellow, and Johnson’s sweet love lyrics make the entire project even more heartwarming.
The Little Brothers EP, along with the band’s latest single, “WWH,” and any information about upcoming shows can be found on its Bandcamp page.