¡All Time Quarterback!
The lo-fi recording proves to be beneficient to the sparse and subtle arrangements of the music but it never reaches a point where it gets really intense or conveys a burst of emotion. The strength lies in Gibbard's enigmatic vocals that do seem to pierce your aura. Influences that range from 60s British Influence and early 90s powerpop are noticeable but never copied or borrowed. Gibbard works on a blank canvas and lets himself be inspired by other artists but creates completely original works. When he gets it just right the ambient nature and sometimes slightly melodic inklings take hold of a song which is most apparent on Why I Cry.
The EP is solid and shows off Gibbard's songwriting skills but a complete sound or signature hasn't quite developed as of yet. Musically it is all fine and it works but it hasn't come into its own yet. With time, though, I'd expect Gibbard and his co-conspirators to finetune their craft into something that stays true to their nature and becomes more 'filled in' through experience and experimentation.