Saluting Magpies is the second EP release from South Yorkshire quartet In Fear Of Olive. Debut offering All We Can Do Is Wonder drew more than favourable praise and set the bar high for the follow up.
Fortunately the band have delivered another four tracks (five if you buy the download version) that should once again have the likes of Word magazine and Richard Hawley singing their praises.
Opener In Roseanne’s Town has already found favour on the BBC 6 Music airwaves and it’s not hard to see why. With added brass contributing further texture to the band’s musical landscapes, it’s radio friendly all the way.
Title track Saluting Magpies ebbs and flows between fragility and a venomous delivery of the later choruses, folk rock with added balls.
Beast is the record’s most mellow moment providing a perfectly suited change of pace before closer Mountebank picks up the tempo a little again. Just a little twang and a big pop chorus rounds off the EP nicely.
A strong release that will lead to high expectations for the band’s forthcoming full length album.