Having signed to New Jersey based Manic Kat Records for the release of upcoming EP Embers, Perth alternative rock outfit Nautical Mile look to be the next in the bustling conveyor belt of Australian talent breaking the U.S.
Lead single “Purgatory” is an anthemic and hard-hitting offering which regular visitors to Journeys may recognize from its rotation on the national in-store playlist this past spring. The song, which released at the end of 2020, gave fans a taster of Nautical Mile’s direction on the new collection, and their 10 months of patience seems to have been worth the wait.
“Dying Light” wastes little time in establishing the what’s to be at the core of Embers, an urgent and evocative one-two hit of soaring melodic rock, with the band’s heaviest showcase of their instrumental arsenal to date.
As with “Purgatory,” “Supression” shows flickers, though nothing more, of the Western Australia quintet’s pop-punk roots, but the track is still enshrined by compelling post-hardcore intonations, evoking feelings of ’00s predecessors such as Hawthorne Heights and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Huge, cascading choruses giving a message of hope and positivity in the face of the adversity of the past 18 months.
“Where Do We Go?” confirms that Embers is the promising expression of modern, melodic rock that the opening trio of songs suggested. “Plant the seeds and watch them grow, learning the lessons to finally let go…” stands out, both as one of the more cathartic lyrics on the EP, but also one of the more fitting, as Nautical Mile relinquish any remaining chains on Embers.
Closer and title-track is another heart-grappling display, with lead vocalist Brodi Owen successfully holding listeners captive for the duration of the EP, with an enchanting display that both complements and contrasts the guitars of Ray and Vimini.
Embers is a poignant and uplifting effort that confirms Nautical Mile as an exciting new prospect in the alternative rock scene; an album that, should they be able to light a spark from the Embers, is sure to see them become a regular fixture beyond just the shores of Australia.
Purchase and stream Embers here.