My expectations for an EP released after an acclaimed full length are usually that the songs on the EP are leftovers from the previous recording session and somehow not ready for prime time or that the songs were recorded on the cheap and are under-produced compared to the ones from the LP. But this is not the case with the new EP Wait, Skeleton from Chris Bathgate.
The electric guitar on this new EP is at times brash and ringing and at other times it reclines in the background. On “Yes I’m Cold”, a new studio version of an older song from Throatsleep, Chris uses mandolin combined with that ringing guitar to add real emotion to the music. For the vocals he layers his own vocals with overdubs in the studio. Live this song would probably falter a bit because so many elements are a studio concoction, but with Chris’ innovative looping technique this song will be as powerful live as it is on tape. Buy it here (it ships today!).
Catch Chris Bathgate at SXSW first at Emo’s Annex in the afternoon and then at night at Soho Lounge on March 12.
Bonus song, “Serpentine”, from A Cork Tale Wake: