A year since their last release, Lambs & Wolves return with their new EP 'Afraid Enough'. With this latest collection of four tracks the Waldshut, Germany-based fourpiece haven't strayed too far from the sounds of their previous work. The arrangements remain mostly light with a pleasing economy of instrumentation that, when coupled with the hushed and delicate vocals, provide us with a sound of subtle precision that's not often heard.
'Canada' is the stand-out track, quietly building through guitar strums, clarinet, and minimal piano to a glorious final quarter, whilst opener 'July's half-spoken half-sung lyrics provide a smart introduction to Lambs & Wolves' style.
'Lisa's Dream Of Getting Lost' serves us a subdued gleefulness in the drum's rhythm that sits behind a sad story of desperate escape from the past, echoed in the final whispered words. And final song 'The Fall', though the shortest of the tracks, eases us to the end of the EP with peaks and troughs of vocal harmony, piano, and clarinet.
'Afraid Enough', with its four songs of beautiful acoustic folk-pop, shows us a band that have found their style, and are now well into perfecting it.
"I look at my clarinet sometimes and I think, I wonder what's going to come out of there tonight? You never know." - Acker Bilk