So let’s start the debate here, when does an EP become a mini album? We reckon anything which has more than 5 tracks can’t be an EP so if you agree you can look forward to our mini album review here. Secondly in the past we have received some angry feedback when we’ve said a categorical no to prologues, and it just so happens that this mini album has one, but rules are meant to be broken.
‘Death of Intellectual Success’ is a seven track journey showcasing “a one point perspective of individual and societal regression", written during the UK’s first lockdown period in 2020 we love the concept and the personal exploration of relationships and also an increase in time spent on social media. In essence Quorum are stating and shining the light on the fact the first lockdown changed the way we as a society lived and functioned without picking up the early signs of our change in behaviour.
The first lyrical track on the mini album is ‘Could we be Different’ which grabs hold of the concept and runs with it and doesn’t look back and neither should Quorum, a laid back indie record with a driving force drum beat laying the foundations to allow the lyrics to jump out of the track.
In the middle of the Mini album you find title track ‘The Death Of Intellectual Success’ as well as recent singles ‘Still Can’t See’ both have a rougher guitar tones, a teenage angst track which has radio rock pop beating the heart of the song strongly. ‘Still Can’t See’ is an attention grabber showing why it earned its place as a single, but at the same time ‘The Death Of Intellectual Success’ has a better energy about it and just sneaks in to be our favourite track of the mini album.
We got to say track 5 on the mini album, ‘Somnolet’ is what you would expect as a background soundboard to a blockbuster moon landing film. Has it got a place to transition us to the ending of this collection of songs or not, we can’t honestly give you an answer on that front.
‘Oh you got to love You Said’, it is hard-faced and full of confidence. Moving on from ‘The Death Of Intellectual Success’ and ‘Still Can’t See’ where that toy car has been wound up tight to let go, ‘You Said’ has a carefree let go tempo that sees it mature from the songs before it and keep the momentum of the album at a high level.
Ending the mini album ‘Sea Breeze’ is a fitting ending and the track leaves you wanting to explore more into this band's future and guarantees you will come back for more listens of this mini album. Keeping an eye out in the future to see where Quorum goes next with their music.
Written By Kess Anthony
Photo source: Chloe Pollard www.chloepollardphotography.com