His Name Is Alive

His Name Is Alive

Nice Day

4AD

His Name Is Alive is one of those bands who can only be judged one record at a time. Not that their output is irregular in quality, but their “sound” never seems to last more than the recording that captured it. Nice Day is another tease of an EP, one that starts by easily skating over the bubble of cartoon pop — sure, the instruments sound funny, but the feeling and chording is pure pre-adolescent Hanna Barbera.

That’s just the first couple of songs. Things darken considerably in a quick flurry of songs (think of a sudden summer thunderstorm), and Nice Day ends with “Man,” a piece as pounding and anguished as they come. Nice.

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