Quiet Hounds touch on something very familiar, perhaps too familiar with new EP, and great title, Everything Else Is Noise. While at only four songs, it still manages to draw from many different influences, bringing a drum element from rock and a guitar bridge from indie-alternative.
This is unsurprising, as they hail from Atlanta, and Southern bands often have a genre struggle seen in opening number, “Antioch”, the harmony of vocals and guitar is very indie, but the vocals themselves arch towards southern folk and blues as seen on their previous album, Characteristics of Living Things, and obvious single “I Get Up”. The better tracks, like closer “Chamber Sounds”, give an almost harp sounding, string heavy, piano vibe, as “River Delta” does, though it has a unique wild nature feel to it, while “Ladders” gives a more alternative drums and clenched fist feeling.
Is one track standout, perhaps not, but there is a tight and controlled feel to the southern chime. Everything Else is Noise is a combination of alternative and southern that may bode well for their future, while impossible to say, the genre cyclone tells the tale here.