After growing accustomed to receiving a full length album every three years, it's a great and welcomed surprise when Frightened Rabbit gives us a trio of songs that are LP worthy. Even though Recorded Songs is an EP, the band themselves have made it clear that these are not rogue songs that were simply plucked from the firmament and thrown together.
The group explains on their personal website "These three songs seemed to exist happily next to one another, so it made sense to place them on an EP instead of wedging them into an album on which they didn’t fit. These are not B-sides or ‘bonus tracks’. These are songs that still fill us with the same feelings that our albums can, and we’re happy that they now have a place to live."
This triplex has the same depth and beauty that will make die-hard Frabbit fans feel at home but also showcases some new decor that will attract new ears. Recorded Songs opens up with the simplistic yet moving "Roadless". A slow beat, crisp snare track, lead in with a lightly strummed acoustic guitar and beautiful piano piece. The verses are a great example of "less is more" as their minimalism is extremely effective. Especially in contrast to the powerful and well arranged chorus this song displays.
The centerpiece of the EP came as a beautiful surprise. Featuring the ultra talented Julien Baker, "How It Gets In" serves as the band's first collaboration song since 2013's "Architect" with Manchester Orchestra front man Andy Hull. Scott and Julien's back and forth vocals compliment each other well and show how special a song can truly be when two singers come together and are able to convey such genuine emotion. It's fair to say we are left wanting more from this duo in the future.
As Frightened Rabbit mentioned, they created the EP so that they didn't have to wedge these songs into an album where they didn't fit. Hopefully, this is a hint that a full length LP is looming and we'll have more Scottish rain to bask in. Stream and enjoy Recorded Songs below and check the band's tour dates or you will be kicking yourself when you miss the show.