Most Viewed Stories

The Extensions Release “High Charisma”

Resisting the darkness with a powerful but grainy groove that keeps coming at us before slowly descending into a pendulous sway, “With a K” makes it known inside of its first forty seconds what kind of a rollercoaster ride we’re in for when listening to the new LP High Charisma from The Extensions this summer, but if you can handle the heat of this opening track, you’re going to love what comes next. From here, we’ll sink into the thick but exuberant trenches of “Charm Offensive” only to get lost in the melancholic tone of “Follow You, Unfollow Me” just a few minutes later.  

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/theextensionsband/  

The tempo exhibits venomous bipolarities while the vocal harmonies punctuate the white noise in the backdrop with pure melodicism, but through all of the chaos there lies a band with a lot of potential and ability when it comes to writing smart alternative music.   “Follow You, Unfollow Me” feels too stalky to be anything other than a bold segue between “Charm Offensive” and “Big Tree,” but in the totality of its tracklist, I don’t think this record can be described as giving quarter to any filler that I would normally have to hit the skip button over.

“Big Tree” spruces up the moderate pop themes of its predecessor just in time to cut us with a punky enthusiasm in “Isn’t It a Party” which might be one of the most exciting emotional releases of the whole LP.   There’s not much sunshine peeking through the clouds here, but even so, the flow of the music keeps our attention no matter what we’re spinning in this album.   “Casual Day” isn’t quite the omen its title would have you think it could be, but instead an homage to simplicity in alternative rock that spits fire in our path – perhaps to spotlight the versatility of the crisp “Scene Famous,” the most sonically provocative piece of material that The Extensions have included on their new record.

This song and “My Turn” couldn’t make for any stranger a couple here, but if they weren’t backed by “Seeing Ghosts,” I don’t think they would feel quite as progressive and, dare I say, artsy as they do in this scenario. This is a hard band to figure out, but not because of a lack of artistic clarity – in my opinion, they’re simply too bold an experimental project for small-minded critics to completely understand.  

High Charisma concludes with “Typical Amerikan,” and though it’s a moderate way to cross the finish line, I think this song was the perfect track to take us out here. It’s an amalgamative hurricane that drifts into the ethers with an almost understated brutishness behind it, and when it’s all over, the groove the song works off of is still lingering – distantly – in the air around us. I had no clue what to think when I read a description of what The Extensions’ new work was going to sound like, but now tasked with the same request myself, I can honestly tell music fans that this is one of the first indie rock records of the season that I would categorize as too irresistible to put down. It’s a diamond in the rough for sure.  

Garth Thomas



Donate to IndiePulse Music Magazine’s Academic and Music Education Scholarship Program HeartBeat4Kids

IndiePulse Music Magazine creates Scholarships to help Youth In Need of assistance to complete their educational goals and stay in school.

Go to http://www.indiepulsemusic.com/heartbeat4kids to learn more, Donations can be made at http://www.paypal.me/xmg – Any Amount will help!

Support Our Publication

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: