Passenger Casanova - 'Slow Down' EP Review
Blending an array of genres with a healthy drop of swagger, Slow Down exhibits the raw potential of Passenger Casanova.
Originality8.5
Lyrics8
Replay Value8.2
Instrumentation8.4
Impact7.8
We Liked...
  • Such a well-blended array of sounds
  • The spurring progression on each track
8.2Overall Score
Reader Rating: (4 Votes)
8.5

If you’re looking for a brand new, lively, innovative and refreshing band that incorporate a wide range of musical styles and keep you on your toes, look no further. Up step Passenger Casanova, to offer a dynamic and alluring array of tracks on new EP ‘Slow Down‘.

The East London four-piece wield a unique concoction that is matched only by the ambition of their efforts splayed onto these four spellbinding tracks that make up their ‘Slow Down‘ EP.

Existing outside of many constraints and single-genre boxes, the quartet describe themselves as “A classic-rock/prog/hip-hop/jazz inspired, gritty, unpredictable, and constantly morphing live set” which wholly hits the nail on the head, raises attention and an eyebrow when you read such a description. Let me raise that singular brow further, or bring the opposing brow up to the same height as your face stretches in wonder (at least that’s how I reacted first; a delighted wonder of course): Passenger Casanova‘s personnel consists of Ryan Wallace providing many a hearty and chunky riffs with sumptuous solos weaved in, Thom Senapati-Mulholland lays down the backbone for the group’s extravagance on bass in coercion with Saif Rahman‘s amicable bustling continuity on the drums. The composition is completed by Mandeep Singh who when he isn’t spitting quirky meaningful bars, is jazzing up the cocktail with a mixture of silky and fierce saxophone notes. Yep, a frontman MC who doubles as a saxophone player – I did say they are unique right?!

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The End

Kicking things off with some silky distorted electric guitar tones that are rapidly hopped on by Mandeep’s witty and profound versing and steady flow, the track then advances through a quickfire switch up into a burst of weighty riffage with a spark matched by each corresponding faction of Passenger Casanova. This dissolves into the lingering riff that greeted us at the beginning, back with a sweet vengeance – all happens before the one minute mark by which point you are firmly at the mercy of this enigmatic quartet and in for an enthralling, unpredictable trip.

Laura Makepeace Stephen

On this track lies the most prominent jazz feel on the EP as the song progresses, with enticing sax intonations largely draping but as with the Passenger Casanova staple, not overbearing. One of the main positives of the EP is the way Passenger Casanova give you works that can be enjoyed in alternating ways; on first listen here the already mentioned saxophone performance gripped the majority of my attention, then second time round I was captivated by the sleek guitar tones and so forth. This gives the project a huge replay value as you can appreciate it for a new reason each time, whether it is by focusing on a certain element or remaining at a distance so the instrumentation bounces off the various elements allowing you to soak up the composition more neutrally.

Yung Neel

Preceding the release of ‘Slow Down‘, their first single exhibits the raw potential of Passenger Casanova: The ominous opening tones of ‘Yung Neel‘ progress into a forceful impetus lead by Mandeep‘s increasingly animated delivery that cools off for a second before you’re warped into the midst of a frantic yet excellent saxophone solo that emanates directly alongside and intertwines with some fruity and heavier guitar licks – at this point the track is stampeding at full force with real threats to take off, ascending astronomically. The video is suitably funky, which you can view here:

Know You

Switching things up by introducing a raucous section of guitar laden hard-rock early on that subsides for the smooth chorus tones with a suitably calm presence as Mandeep expresses his softly delivered desire to get to ‘Know You‘. Building up organically to the infusion of cool jazzy-rocky-bluesy jamming you get lost in, before the seeking and soothing chorus serenades once more, and thus bringing the ecstasy of ‘Slow Down‘ to a controlled finish.

 

When you have such a mixture of genre influences being merged together, it is much easier and much more commonly the outcome to wind up sounding quite simply like a clusterfuck – like a little bit too much is going on without coherence to tie it all together: Something that perhaps could have been more thought out and resides in the folder of ‘failed potential‘ and ‘what ifs‘… However that is far from the case here. Passenger Casanova have an absolutely manic and extremely individual aesthetic, yet the refined jam-session vibes and amalgamation of instruments & styles blend pretty seamlessly to complement each other and produce a VERY listenable concoction.

Slow Down‘ is set for release on August 1st and will be available everywhere!

Catch Passenger Casanova at their launch show for the project on 10th August at The Slaughtered Lamb in London, tickets for the event are available here.

Check out the quartet’s Facebook here to keep up to date and for more information.

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