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shapeshifter

by The Ease Down

From Montréal, The Ease Down have been belting out pop tunes that mix 70's Motownesque baselines, piano-pop stylings à la Ben Folds Five, funk induced jazzy drum beats and the voices of angels.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. Heavy Hopes
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2. No Objection
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3. Cut in Two
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4. Sentimental Famine
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5. Picture Time
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6. Face the Day
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7. Dilated Eyes
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8. Enter Boy Blue
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9. Into the Air
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10. Shapeshifter
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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A thick haze covered the Montreal sky as singer/songwriter Ben Wilkins found himself perched in a tree, looking down on the city that surrounded him. Somewhere in the night there dwelt two musicians who would aid him in making the world a better place for humankind.

He found a tiny room with an antiquated honky-tonk upright piano and shamelessly began writing out songs: each one composed of lyrical vocal melodies, jazz influenced harmonies and crunchy peanut-butter pop/rock rhythms. And then in the doorway, as if drawn by the sounds, bassist Matt Wiviott and drummer Alex Dray suddenly appeared. Words were exchanged, friendships were formed and The Ease Down was born.

And so, The Ease Down lunges forward spreading good cheer and musical good vibes. They have just released their debut LP 'Shapeshifter' and are now scanning the horizon for new means of carrying their music to the dark corners of the world.


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Fergus MItchell

Piano pop from good stock
Sure, the first sounds you hear remind you of Ben Folds, but listen a little longer...The Ease Down's musical roots go broad and deep into the rich soil of piano pop.

The Montreal 3-piece's album 'Shapeshifter' gleefully scoops up a healthy handful of early Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Joe Jackson and blends it with the smart pop of Stars, Belle & Sebastian and Ben Gunning to produce a sound that manages to be new and familiar at the same time...no mean feat.

All-in-all an assured, catchy and likeable debut from singer/songwriter Ben Wilkins and the gang...things are definitely looking up for 'The Ease Down'

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Even while the Ben Folds likeness is so bold and unabashed that you may find yourself double-checking the CD case, The Ease Down inhabits this style so convincingly and with such personal, driven conviction that in the end, the affinity ends up working only in their favor. After all, they practically do Ben Folds better than Ben himself. Not surprisingly, the songs are generally propelled by chordy, punchy piano themes with rippling jazz influences pushing at the edges, a little rock attitude leaking through the rhythms and full-force male vocals with such presence that they are able to penetrate all these layers of juicy instrumentation and harmonic color with ease and coherency. Bringing in a touch of funk and toying with a spout of 70s influences, Shapeshifter is solidly engaging.


Awesome, Awesome, Awesome
Amazing CD. This CD is jam packed with plenty of catchy tunes. Every song is so full sounding. I love it. Nice work.

Amalthea

Absolutely fantastic album.
A collection of wonderfully catchy songs perfect for listening to as you go about your day, tapping your toes to the music, Shapeshifter is also a gorgeous, complex album full of harmonies that seep in and make you pay attention. I've "lost" more than an hour or two just sitting on the couch, listening to this album. Beautiful work.