Talking about your love and fears so honestly, without worrying about how it will be received takes strength of character that most don’t possess and that confidence allows MacGrath to put everything he has into the recording. At times his sound is cinematic, as tracks like Run and No More Tearsexpose vast soundscapes and deep emotion. Even the opening number, Bell Boy moves with a sense of drama, but it’s the subtle touches he and his friends add to the arrangement that make the biggest impact and really rewards the listener. Cymbal washes, backing vocals, picked strings and chimes all dance in the background and really complete the song.
What makes this record successful is how changes pace to invigorate the EP. MacGrath uses two up-tempo tracks in the middle of the EP, and it's these efforts that force you to look at him through a different lens. The infectious Way West - probably the only non traditional song I know that mentions the Bluenose – starts your head nodding and the chaotic, more heavy rocking Featherweight completely refreshes the listen.