EP REVIEW: San Cisco “Awkward”

San Cisco’s single ‘Awkward’ has already clocked up over a million views on YouTube and is set to become the second international super-hit from Australia of 2012. While Gotye may have leant heavily on ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ for his inspired hit ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, San Cisco’s ‘Awkward’ channels the lesser known indie popstrels The Clik Clik to create an unforgettably frenetic, quirky indie pop number. The formula, though beg, stolen and borrowed is perfectly executed and leads nicely into the Fremantle foursome’s debut EP ‘Awkward’.
Musically ‘Awkward’ is anything but. Containing four self-penned tracks and one cover, ‘w’ is a well-executed introduction to a young band who clearly know who they are and where they wish to head.
While their reworking of Arctic Monkeys’ ‘505’ is far from inspired, the fact their only cover provides the EP lowlight is no bad thing. Of their own compositions scant a bad work can be said. With ‘Awkward’ and ‘Rocket Ship’ demonstrating the band’s playfulness, ‘Lover’ showcases the band’s aptitude for storytelling, while ‘Reckless’ opts for lyrical depth and channelling emotions.
San Cisco are without any doubt an exciting proposition. ‘Awkward’ may only be five tracks long, but each number brings a different strength to the fore. With ‘Awkward’ offering such an exciting insight, we just have to hope that San Cisco do not fall into The Jezabels trap of releasing a stellar line-up of EPs only to fall flat at the album challenge. San Cisco could be the most exciting and versatile band of the decade, only time will tell. But rather than wait patiently to see what will unravel, we suggest you simply pop ‘Awkward’ on and bop along to your heart’s delight.
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams
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