With origins in Los Angeles and Stockholm and a sound that infuses European electro-pop and rock with western country and folk influences, Grizfolk’s debut EP From The Spark has a heavy focus, both sonically and lyrically, on nomadism and soul-searching. Each of the four tracks included in the set deals with issues of uncertainty and adversity, particularly regarding personal identity (“The Struggle”) and lifestyle (“Vagabonds,” “Waiting For You”). In many of these cases, the subject feels lost yet soldiers on toward a new chapter of life — “The Struggle” notes how personal struggles from dramatic change shape them, while “Vagabonds” tells of the uneasiness that comes with such change and “not knowing where we’re going.” Lyrics about searching for someone and finding love could even be interpreted religiously, a connotation made more apparent in “Hymnals,” the EP’s opening track.
Musically, Grizfolk presents a diverse array of instruments and influences. As “Hymnals” opens, the buzzing production atop a light layer of vocalized harmonies and guitar recalls British mainstream rock acts like Coldplay and Morning Parade, while lead radio single “The Struggle” combines acoustic verses with electronically-fueled choruses more akin to recent tourmates Bastille. At times, lead singer Adam Roth’s vocals are reminiscent of poppier acts like Switchfoot and The Fray as well. In addition, country/western elements pervade the EP’s four tracks, adding bluesy guitar riffs into the mix. With cymbal hits, synthesizer hums, and echoing keyboard lines and vocal harmonies, the band presents a fresh, modern fusion of elements from multiple musical genres. As a result, From The Spark should be a successful introduction to Grizfolk for fans of a wide swath of musical styles.