The Young Limb Diseases from the south shore of the Montreal area have just released one of the latest additions to the underground music scene. Throughout the nine-track EP entitled Basket-Ball Basketball, the band transcends musical genres and explores different sounds and emotions that thrive behind the music. Upon being assigned this album, I was stoked to see what the acoustic underground scene had to offer. While some songs on the EP failed to tickle my fancy, others were fun to listen to. It was a decent listen overall. Below I shall discuss the songs from the EP that really spoke to me, the ones I enjoyed the most, and the ones I would recommend to anyone looking for a fun track to sing along to.
First on the panel is the opening track on the CD, “Cry in my Flootz”, a fun and slightly emotional instrumental piece. I found this track to be an awesome to kick off the album. With no vocals to distract, this song allows the listener to focus on the music. I find this was a super cool way to start off the EP and really effective way to catch the attention of the listener.
“C.R.A.P.T.O.” is the second song on the EP and also grabbed my attention. I am a huge fan of acoustic music, and the guitar and rhythms on this track did not disappoint. At times the vocals, a bit on the whiney side, seem a bit dated. The music and lyrics, however, make up for what the vocals lack.
I will say though that the sometimes whiney vocals can be a little 2005 but in any case the musical talent and lyrics in this song make up for where the vocals lack.
“Life of the Milk Nipple”, the fifth track on the EP, picks up the pace, which I was happy to see. This song song is a little more upbeat while, at the same, the lyrical content is more emotional. This song is probably the best on the album and I really enjoyed it. It had all the elements that I look for in an acoustic song.
The last song on the EP, “And So It Ends, Part 6” really emphasizes the acoustic feel that the band possesses, while ending the album on a strong note. As previously seen, the lyrics are emotionally-driven; a feeling of sadness is present throughout, particularly in the lyrics – “Wanna die, gonna die” is an example. The melancholic lyrics are paired with guitar riffs that accentuate them, giving an overall somber sound to the song.
This EP was a decent listen overall and has quite a few good points and songs within. While I do believe this band has some growing to do, they show definite potential when it comes to musicianship and songwriting.
Written by Jessica Valiquette