With 8 songs at 22 minutes long, the self titled EP from Crakow is pretty much what you’d think. Each song is fairly short. I have no issues with short songs if something can develop. The problem for Crakow is that each song is over before I get anything out it and they are onto the next song. So yes it’s too short, like this review.
The band is a duo, guitar and drums, which means each song does have a bit more space than most bands but the bigger issue is that each song basically sounds the same as the one before it. In fact, if it weren’t for the ambient wind part of “Hashima Island,” I wouldn’t remember it. The problem there is that section eats up a good part of the only somewhat longer track (4 minutes).
The production and mix are good but the arrangements and instrumentation are all the same. So ultimately, the EP is more like background music than anything memorable. Soundwise, they are post rock I guess but really just an instrumental rock band. It’s rather basic and not challenging. Maybe they should have been called Cracker and called the EP “Saltine.” Sorry but this is too bland for me.
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