I am not going to lie: it takes a lot to impress me. Whether it’s food, TV shows, and/or music, I feel like I have fairly high standards for things. That being said, the new EP from alternative rock band Born Again Virgins is actually quite impressive. Make note that this is coming from the guy who gives all his friends and family a hard time about their music taste.
The EP is the first official release for Born Again Virgins, and if there’s anything indicative of these stunning tracks, it is that this is some soulful, and particularly sincere, music. It’s not like other types of music that exist more for their light-hearted and vapid qualities, or music that becomes endless background noise.
An EP that surprises at every turn
I’m not particularly sure what exact sound Anna Roenigk, the singer and principal songwriter of the band, was attempting to create with this EP – but it’s wonderful. One thing that stands out to me is the variety of moods that the EP fluctuates through. The EP is like a rollercoaster ride that goes from chill to intense.
The first song, “Quantify,” opens up the EP with a positive tone and an upbeat vibe. It honestly reminded me of an old Taylor Swift song in its melody and structure (Not to mean that in an offensive way). Out of nowhere it seems, the song suddenly climaxes with this crescendo of noise – a delightful way to end the song.
The second song, “Limited Hands,” is perhaps the weakest track on the EP, but is by no means a bad song in itself. In fact, when I was initially listening to the EP, my girlfriend walked by and commented “Is this like country or something? Because I kind of it like it!” I laughed to myself a little at her commentary, and agreed with her on the song’s country-ish vibe.
The third song, “Texas Heat,” is the crowning jewel of the EP. Roenigk sings with unapologetic sincerity, almost mimicking anguish at times, but with great range and delivery nonetheless. I believe that “Texas Heat” is the most striking and significant testament to Roenigk’s ability to sing, as well as write songs.
The fourth song, “I Never Know,” has a chilled out and sweet tonality to it. It’s simple structure, and Roenigk’s singing style, reminds me a lot of an early Angel Olsen song, which, of course, I appreciate. More than any other song on the EP, this one has the strongest indie folk atmosphere.
The fifth and final song, “No Alibi,” is the most appropriate ending for this short, quirky record. It came as a surprise to me that song’s peculiar composition, and Roenigk’s singing, was slightly reminiscent of a Lana Del Rey song; at least, that was the impression I was getting from the EP’s closer.
This self-titled debut EP is a wonderful demonstration of Austin’s music creativity. I’m even immensely impressed with the sheer high quality of the production value. The engineering and mastering on this EP is so much better than many of the EPs and singles I come across from artists that are just starting out.
I’m glad I don’t have to lie when I say that every song is entertaining and each has something unique to offer. There’s nothing I hate more than when people write music and every song sounds exactly the same. Luckily, Born Again Virgins made an EP that’s full of pure expression and authenticity.
where to find the band
For those who want to sample some of the songs from the new EP, check them out here on the band’s Soundcloud. Born Again Virgin’s debut EP will be officially released on May 19. The band will be hosting an album release party at Hole In The Wall on the release date starting at 8:00 p.m.
Album cover image courtesy of SoundCloud