Little treasures are a great pleasure to those of us who seem to spend a large portion of our waking lives thinking about music. There’s something rather fulfilling about putting a great song from an EP on a mix tape/CD or playing it for a friend. Besides, with the full-length disappointments that always exist, how nice it is to put down just a little money for a mini-recording that turns out to be a legitimate find.
Shearwater’s five-song Thieves is one of those EPs. All five songs are worth hearing and two of them, “I Can’t Wait” and “There’s a Mark Where You Were Breathing”, are outstanding. Thieves plays like a peek into the sad parts of life: a lover is stolen from her husband (who is a friend of the thief), another steals himself away from home, and there is the obligatory death (or, stolen from life). There is no heavy-handedness in this, though. Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff are merely literate observers.
1. I Can't Wait
2. You're The Coliseum
3. Mountain Laurel
4. There's A Mark Where You Were Breathing
5. Near A Garden
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