[28 October 2009]
Just a few months after the release of its second LP, Azar, Venice Is Sinking returns with the five-track Okay EP. The Athens, Georgia-based quintet remains relatively unknown in many an indie circle, yet on Okay, the band does a remarkable job at showcasing its range. “Okay” starts off simply enough, reminding of Belle and Sebastian’s “Judy and the Dream Of Horses”. However, propulsive percussion, charming pianos, and uplifting horns quickly elevate the track to something of a dream-pop masterpiece. Solemn strings take center stage on the wandering “Compass”, giving hope to late-night dreamers. Closing off the B-sides is “Give Up”, a pseudo-country shuffle with a certain stroke of indie-pop paint that features Karolyn Troupe’s hushed vocals. Saddled with a pair of remixes, Okay is the kind of EP you’ll want to throw on as soon as you wake up hungover on a Sunday.