Exlovers was a five-piece indie rock band from London, UK, consisting of active from 2007 to 2013, during which they released several singles, EPs, and one album. The album, Moth, is set for its first ever vinyl pressing this month from P-Vine in Japan. So, to bide my time as I eagerly await its arrival, we’ll be taking a look at one of the EPs — You Forget So Easily.
This 10-inch vinyl EP was released on September 14, 2009 on Chess Club out of the UK. It features four tracks, highlighting the band’s dreamy indie-pop style with melodic harmonies, shoegaze-y guitar textures, and emotive, emo-ish lyrics and vocals.
In their review of Moth, The Line of Best Fit called out the album’s relationship dichotomy of “enchantment” and “disenchantment” and you get a taste of both on You Forget So Easily.
You Forget So Easily
The EP opens with the title track “You Forget So Easily,” which features delicate vocals and catchy guitars that build into a chorus with all the right hooks to keep it stuck in your head. Here the guitars almost have a hint of jangle to them. This is the disenchantment, the dismay and confusion that one feels when their ex partner moves on much more quickly than you do.
Rounding out the A-side is another highlight from Moth. “Just a Silhouette” is a wistful, romantic, danceable ballad that again showcases the band’s vocal and instrumental harmonies. And this is the enchantment — the glimpse of new love.
You’re So Quiet
Opening the B-side, “You’re So Quiet,” is a more upbeat track with a number with catchy hooks and a driving rhythm. Catchy hooks — you’re starting to see a pattern here, aren’t you? Highlighting strife in a crumbling relationship, like the previously mentioned tracks, this one too can be found on Moth.
What you get with You Forget So Easily is what I called out earlier — it’s a taste of what the band would give us with their 2012 LP Moth, which, sadly, was the only one they released before parting ways in or around 2013 as life took over.
With the announcement of Moth, the band concluded their post on Facebook with the following: “And maybe, perhaps, we might get together in a room and make some music for you again soon.”
Here’s the tracklist:
- You Forget So Easily
- New Years Day
- Just a Silhouette
- You’re So Quiet
- The Moon Has Spoken
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