Local Record Review: 'Reassemble/Reappear' by Copia
Long Beach's Copia know from their moodily romantic 21st century postpunk that's equal parts British Isles and North America -- indeed, that's not only the core thing to say about them, in respects it's almost the only thing to say about their debut EP. Reassemble/Reappear finds the quintet working very much within a form and style, and as such they're not yet making a strong mark of their own, but it's the kind of effort that is still effortlessly enjoyable for what it is.
The remaining songs are more of a mix and a type, keyboards taking lead roles (notably during the break on "Conversations") and calm, softer voiced singing set against sometimes more energetic rhythms, a bit of low key tension. Nothing leaps out as a breakout song but it's a step above simple woodshedding, the kind of understated ambition that drives not only the sound of acts in this vein but, presumably, their own overall approach. It's a familiar start on balance, but nonetheless, a start.
"Reassemble/Reappear" can be purchased on iTunes and heard on copia.bandcamp.com/