Gallipoli Delivers an Ethereal and Introspective Debut EP With 'On Vodno'
"All my favorite songs are slow and sad." It’s surprising how long it took Weezer to coin a term that has been ubiquitous with millennials for the better part of the last decade. But regardless of the reason you find yourself in your feelings, there is a good chance that the perfect song for you is out there just waiting to be discovered.
In comes Gallipoli, with one hell of an emotional ride on their On Vodno EP. The fact that this LA-based duo sequestered themselves on a mountain in North Macedonia for six months to create this project tells you all you need to know about how introspective and raw these songs are. Every aspect of this EP is meticulously woven together to curate a soft, ethereal, and somewhat hypnotic sound.
The beauty of On Vodno is found in its subtleties, like when Gallipoli choose to crescendo the guitars and raise their voices, providing a sense of hope within the melancholy like on "My My." The best example of this emotional juxtaposition is found within the lyrics on perhaps the most moving song in On Vodno, "Blurry Mess." The track reflects on a struggling relationship. "It’s all one big blurry mess, but I’ll see you in the morning," sings Gallipoli. The duo's laid-back, seemingly effortless vocals combined with the atmospheric electric guitars make an idyllic combination in "Pick Me Up Tonight" and "Poets." One of the more standout elements on the EP is the incorporation of the gang-vocal hums on "Poets," a powerful and moving musical component that brings the song together perfectly.
With On Vodno, Gallipoli gives us a collection of songs that are thought-provoking, comforting, and relatable. All the fundamentals for music to listen to when it seems life isn’t going your way. But regardless of how you’re feeling right now; whether it's elation, despair, or somewhere in between, this EP is fantastic and a worthy listen.
Listen to On Vodno below: