REVIEW: S M Jenkins – Out There In The Zone EP

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Rating8This is the first solo project for Step-Panther main man Steve Bourke and it finds him shelving the noise and sci-fi surf rock of that band for a gentler, pastoral approach. The nervous energy and frantic flailing has dissipated into six lazily strummed and finger-picked songs that bring to mind Kurt Vile and Christopher Owens. There is still a stoned vibe to Bourke as the solo artist but the songs are more direct and keyed into a heartfelt and emotionally connected time zone; Boulder Valley is the highlight of the EP, managing to best portray those elements yet still positioned in a full band sound. Autumnal rock has never sounded finer.

Chris Familton

Out There In The Zone is out now via Jerko

 

 

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